Monday, August 30, 2010
Collect the Friendly Skies
Okay, I've never experienced this kind of air travel. My first flight was to Rochester, NY when I was 18 - my best friend Jacq and I went to visit her sister, who was a grad student at the Eastman School of Music. My ticket was $181 - and that was 23 years ago.
Let's think about this for a minute! Is it any wonder that there are no perks left on flights, considering that Web sites like priceline.com and Expedia will help you find tickets that cost about the same as my flight did - in 1987? I can't believe people complain about ticket prices. Adjusting for inflation and fuel prices a ticket to Rochester, NY (from Chicago) should cost $347.36, according to this inflation calculator (I just now checked Expedia and discovered that I can get a round-trip, non-stop flight from Chicago to Rochester for $250!). We forget sometimes how great we really have it here in the States.
I love airports and traveling by air! I travel this way rarely enough that it's still a thrill. I hope I always feel this way, rather than entitled somehow. And because I love air travel, I love collecting vintage air travel ephemera (see the above photo). And of course, that vintage ephemera always finds a way into my artwork as well.