@ Mark Friday 11am
No one wants to answer your question. I for one enjoy the flying experience. Maybe because I have not had a bad experience with the flying Kangaroo, BA, Asian, or Middle Eastern Airlines.
I was privilege to be invited on to the flight deck of a Concorde, to chat with the Captain, First Officer and Flight Engineer. Super calm and in complete control at Mach 2, 2,150 km/h. I guess easy-peasy after flying a Vulcan (RR Vulcan engines were developed to power the Concorde) over the Falklands and engaging in combat with a Mirage in a Harrier over the Falklands. Not the most spacious cabin I experienced. Have been hooked ever since. Prior to 2000, managed to get invites into QF 747 flight decks. At one time there was a pilot strike, and the RAAF Hercules were used to fly some routes on the east coast. No soft seats, or food, just water, no discounted fares. The pilots invited every passage to spend time on the flight deck. A relief from the hard seats. The small children were jumping out of their skins and on an all-time high.
I do have empathy for those who do not enjoy. My wife is one, insists on business class on long haul flights. I usually get a script for diazepam to carry to calm her down. On our last flight home from Brussels, I had two scripted vials of liquid morphine. Early into the flight I administered a dose, calmed her right down and induced sleep. I had previously told Thai Airlines what the story was. Some of the other passengers had worried looks as if they were witnessing a murder at 13,000 metres.
Some others who enjoy flying: https://samchui.com/ , https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsQLTECz1bCA56JIryaw-lA, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQrk97MBH6DToctKRfQJcNQ/videos ,
All the others who claim to enjoy flying are probably on drugs.
Anyhow, that is some of my experiences that have built up my enjoyment of flying. I am part of a weird mob. I in no way criticise or condemn those with other feelings or experiences.
Mark your posting caused discussion between my sons and I about the Antarctic flights.
https://www.antarcticaflights.com.au/ Full bar service, meals, and it looks like no bloody masks. We are contemplating new years eve. Probably miss the Sydney fireworks celebrating Australia’s founding and the break from the UK on 1st January 1901. Then again technology should be able to have the transmission beamed on board.
This is a domestic flight, and sorry but it seems that aliens and foreigners will be unable to enter Australia until after March next year. Hopefully, reciprocal arrangements with our Kiwi cousins will start in time for Christmas.
After our Emirates flights to Europe were cancelled, we had considered Tahiti, as July transmission of covid has been eradicated. The administrators opened and imported covid right back in. Too nervous to go there now. How nervous? As nervous as a virgin in a whorehouse, or is that the Whitehouse?
The business and professional associations I am a member of have been providing virtual seminars focusing on mental health. My takeaway has been: do not take yourself too seriously, try and see if possible, the humour in the things. Anger is the most useless emotional response.
On Wednesday watched the debate over lunch with a couple of colleagues. We concluded 3 white septuagenarians in confusion. Moe was attempting beat up Larry, who was giving back as good as he got. Curly was trying to sort them both out. Actually, we have no idea what Curly was doing. We decided to buy more gold mining shares. Later caught two classy New Zealand ladies having a debate over an upcoming election. Maybe young ladies are better at this than old men.
Stay safe. If safe give someone close to you a big hug and tell them, you love them.