When someone mentions first class on an airline, I think of the spaces I have seen, but rarely been able to fly on some of the worlds top carriers. The scope and attention to detail and service are remarkable for the few that can afford to rent out a seat and not private cabins for a trip. Business class is also very nice, and it appears most of the folks sitting there have their company pay for the trip. Economy class is what you expect, a large number of people traveling close together.
There used to be a rule about air travel. If you sold out first class, the flight was already profitable. when I got onto some domestic carriers in the united states, I watched more with curiosity than anything else how people think sitting in a more prominent seat in a small plane is “first class!” I think it was Delta that even was putting up a sign with people initials and seat numbers, as some special gift to the flying herd of the public. And then:
I got onto this plane and had to do a double take, as the first 4 rows of two seats per side were filled with humans that were larger than the size of said seats. Coming from overseas, you just do not see that many large people at one time. It had me think I was getting on some sort of a cargo carrier for humans going to the meat processing facility.
What saddened me is even Lufthansa, Swiss and other carriers are now weighing every piece of luggage, yet, in the states, they want you to pay for every piece of luggage and yet, they don’t weight the passengers and/or do a quick body fat test. Before anyone gets upset, I was an athlete, and even today, my BMI says I am obese, yet when you do the body fat level, it says an entirely different story.
Right now I am remembering that sight of 8 plumb and rotund businessmen all smiling with glee that they got the bigger seats, yet, I am also sad seeing such a site. While I understand how hard it is to exercise if you live on the road, I could not raise the camera to take a photo of this image that is ingrained in my head. huge people all spilling over in the largest seats on the aircraft, with happy faces saying, “I am first class!”
The folks that fly first class in most of the world, usually pay a great deal for that seat. It seems we have diluted the idea of first class in the united states to water down and add some spiffy marketing terms to make people feel better than they might actually be? I really don’t know.
What happened to pure essential quality and honesty in the market anymore? What happened to the united states with the idea of something of quality that will last the test of time? Or is it all about merely eating as much “stuff” that tastes good in the moment and forgetting to eat what is right for you?
That last sentence is like opening a can of worms. You have your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual parts inside of each that we haven’t even addressed or talked about.
I have a friend that haa a great quote about the curse of being attractive (I never had this problem), they said, “A problem is if you are attractive, the opposite sex just sees the exterior, and you want them to see the your interior.”
What I saw on that plane was not attractive, and when I looked inside the eyes of each person, I merely got sad. Perhaps this is the American way anymore? Just medicate at the moment and don’t think about tomorrow?
I pray I am wrong.