The Fears of Flying

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Summer is finally here, school is out, and if that means you’re grabbing a flight somewhere soon, good luck.

If you haven’t flown for awhile, you may be in for an unwelcome surprise.

For starters, air travel has become the place to go to get your kicks.

In a recent poll, the number one complaint about flying was other passengers who kick, bump or grab your seat.

There is little margin for error here. If it happens once, it’s fine; more than twice, the video might go viral.

Attention parents: the third most-common complaint was “inattentive parents,” a likely contributing factor to the seat-kicking crisis.

And unsurprisingly, excessive bodily odors of any origin are also unwelcome.

But some of the findings here were surprising.

Ninety percent of those surveyed said it’s not OK to be barefoot on the plane, and three of four prefer no stocking feet either. Unless this is an odor issue, it seems odd and harsh.

And absent repellent smells or behavior, why do nine in ten of us say we don’t want to talk with the other passengers?

What if you’re seated next to Bill Weld?

But just when you’re down on humanity, the poll shows that when a flight is oversold, Americans are “twice as likely” to voluntarily give up their ticket to help out.

In exchange for compensation, of course.

There was a time when flying was a glamorous treat. Now, not so much.

But it seems the problem isn’t the airlines so much.

It’s us.

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