Driving to the big Airport to fetch a friend from Germany,
at the rate of one inch at a time gave me plenty time to think about traveling -
that is today's way of travel!
Several accidents being cleared slowed traffic on 610 to the proverbial crawl. That's why.
As I said time to muse on today's travel!
So, not only do we need to consider the ACTUAL flight time of X hours non-stop.
But even before that, time to find parking spaces, take a shuttle, stand in line for baggage check in,
remember no bottles with liquids bigger than 3 oz., no nail clippers, nail files, handy Swiss pocket knives, corkscrews, no more 10 shopping bags filled with items -
NO matter if they are from Saks or Tiffany's (;-)
and be sure to measure the size, width and height of your carry-on.
Then stand in line some more for the security check! Keep your photo ID out, boarding pass handy.
Take out computers, take off shoes, jackets, belts, watches. For sure Do Not wear anything metal through the scanner.. no more underwire bras ;-).
And if you have any kind of metal implants or replacements - screws, plates etc, -
resign yourself to a deep and wide ranging pat-down even with a doctor's notice!
Then, when you finally, after a restless flight, arrive at your foreign destination, submit to endless lines through customs, when not only your face and fingertips, but often all your luggage is thoroughly scrutinized.
We all look scruffy and hung over after having spent seemingly endless time crowded like sardines into a box of an airliner.
Now compare that to traveling by train (sleeper car with fine dining, natch) to your port of embarkation on a transatlantic or other liner. No need for body scanners, luggage searches etc, then!
And then embarking and settling in for the duration of the voyage.
During which you had time to stroll, breath in healthy salt air (lol), exercise, eat well, dance, see movies, attend lectures, concert, gamble or simple relax with a good book.