Spin the Dial (If You Still Remember How)

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I am just barely old enough to remember TV sets with rotary dials, the kind which coined the phrase at the top of this post that describes what you used to do back in 1964 when nothing much was on the tube. The modern-day version of that is of course the chronic channel changer who blasts between channels on his/her remote, trying to find one good show on any of the 200 channels that the cable company has delivered to their parlor.

The Internet version of that task is what I do when I cannot find any decent "news" out there worthy of comment. And in a recent's web scour, I found a couple of gems...one sent to me and the other found by accident.

The first is TripCart: The Travel Blog, a funny but informative look at the airlines. It is billed as "the best place on the web to find things to do in the United States. Presents a religiously updated blog full of advice and tips for trip planning." There are quite a few posts worth a look, especially when you just look a their headlines:

Baby in the X-ray Machine at LAX
Stewardesses of Yesteryear
More Stewardesses of Yesteryear
The TSA Loves Dressing Up Disaster
and my personal fave:
Airlines Suck Worse than the IRS
Another travel blog that was sent into the World of Flying Tipline (see feedback button at right), is Geekabout, who posted a thorough look at airline seats headlined "Ranked: The 10 Most Comfortable Airline Economy Seats." When you read this post, it makes very good points:
Not all economy seats are created equal. By doing a little bit of digging you’ll find out enough info to help you make a flight in economy a pleasant flight, instead of an unbearable one. Seat pitch and width can vary greatly between airline carriers and aircraft type. Seat pitch is the distance from any point on one seat to the exact same point on the seat in front or behind it. And while it is not the exact equivalent of “legroom”, it does give a very good approximation of how much seat room you should expect. The Bottom Line: the more seat pitch the better!
A number of airlines have about 32" of pitch between their seats, with Japan Airlines offering 34" according to geekabout.com. Only Virgin America and Singapore Airlines offer a seat width in the 19 - 20 inch range. Good stuff, go check it out Here

One carrier missing from geekabout's Top 10 list of most comfortable airline seats is Skywest, which I fly often. I would assume it's because the seat pitch on their EMB 120 Brasilia flying vibrators feels a lot like 28 inches, when in reality it is actually 31 inches of non-reclinable, pew-like discomfort. And their width is spec'ed as 17 inches, but I swear it it feels like 12 inches when a fat tourist is falling asleep next to you, his arm hogging the itsy-bitsy armrest, his head falling onto your shoulder, sushi-induced drool running down his chin.

When I am not flying Katy on Dano Airlines, I usually get my tickets on frequent flyer miles which my aviation ad agency acquires in truckloads. It makes me think that the next time I attempt to fly the friendly skies, I might just spring for a first-class upgrade so at least I can have enough room on the flimsy tray table to open my laptop AND drink a tiny plastic cup of soda pop.

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