Luxurious. Comfortable. Stress-free.
These are words missing from the vernacular of the modern air traveler. But do they have to be MIA from our vocabulary when we arrive at the airport?
People deserve a better return. Enjoying the still mind-boggling experience of flying at hundreds of miles an hour at around seven miles in the air is not at the level it should be for the ever-increasing price of admission. And the solutions to the problems from the perspective of the customer seem attainable:
- Designated room for luggage for every seat. The space for overhead luggage does need to be increased while also divided per seat to reduce the stress and fear of missing out (so to speak) to less than courteous fellow flyers who board before you with their luggage that always appears to be where your luggage should be residing.
- Fewer seats on board = More space for sitting, relaxing and getting out from the middle or window seat
- A boarding process that feels less like catching a bus in Mumbai during rush hour and more like a special invitation to the sky by making the aforementioned changes, along with a compelling experience visualized below
The point is that a completely new form of air travel isn’t required to drastically improve air travel partially, if not fully. And if these suggested changes are indeed fiscally impossible, then it is time indeed for a major disruption–as the tech kids in Silicon Valley say–for the airline industry in the ever-evolving 21st century.
The following prototype for the future of air travel was revealed a year ago yet its vision appears more pragmatic than ever in the unofficial “Age of IKEA” in which different themed rooms are showcased for purchase in those gigantic blue stores with those delicious Swedish meatballs.
Just think of the intriguing vision above as airplanes getting into the customizable–and practical effect–app business. There’s a certain kind of luxury in catering to the user experience.
Checking into a hotel is supposed to be a soothing experience. After all, we’re paying a pretty penny (or 25,000) to be away from the stresses of everyday life for night of peace and quiet. Simplicity is the name of the game at a nice hotel.
Check-in and relax (in four hours).
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s “Happy Monday” post, which is a weekly amenity of Jimmy’s Daily Planet. Star Gazer Lounge not included.
Have a Better Week Than Last Week.
21st-century ground transportation:
Envisioned by Elon Musk.
Traveling from Point A to Point B seems (and can literally be) pedestrian. In the modern world, there seem to be far too many detours, connecting flights, complications and mind-numbing traffic patterns to conceptualize a simplistic, easy-going path from Point A to Point B.
Then a big idea happened. And then that big idea was built and tested.
And what happens next?
Innovator Elon Musk founded The Boring Company, which is the firm that is building the Hyperloop (featured in the video above). While people won’t be lining up just yet to experience this futuristic form of transportation, the fact that a proof of concept has been achieved is a giant first step towards the reimagined American railroad. To be more precise, the reimagined American train and railroad system.
The Boring Company has essentially taken the archaic railroad system from 19th and 20th centuries and created a significantly faster 21st-century upgrade. Is it the right upgrade? Is the Hyperloop the next great innovative masterpiece in transportation we’ve been waiting for? Would you ride in the Hyperloop?
Fortunately, there’s a model (actually, a few models) to follow for judging the future progress and success of Hyperloop’s introduction to the American traveler, current and new:
Now, who is the co-founder and CEO of that innovative car company…?