We’re going on a trip in late October. Friends of ours are getting married, and we’ll be going to South Carolina for the event. After the wedding, we’re going over to North Carolina for a visit with Robin’s parents, and then it’s back home to Upper Cryogenica.
This is a trip of 2000+ miles, and we’ll be driving. That’s right–I’m loading up the Grand Marnier with gear and provisions, and we’re hitting the open road, all four of us. (The doggies are staying home with a house sitter.) We are going to drive because we hate the idea of subjecting ourselves to the airport security kabuki with two preschoolers in tow, and being treated like criminal cattle isn’t high on my list of experiences for the kids. Instead, we’re going on our own schedule, we won’t be forcibly relieved of anything more dangerous than a Q-Tip, and we’ll be bringing our own food instead of being forced to subside on airline food and overpriced chain restaurant fare in overcrowded airport feeding stations. We’ll stop where we want along the way, and the Grand Marnier offers more luggage space and legroom than a row of coach seats and a pair of overhead bins.
Yes, that’s correct: we made a conscious decision not to fly because of the hassle associated with the security nonsense at the airport. That’s the money for four tickets, and the associated food expenses along the way, that won’t be spent with the airlines or at airport restaurants. I haven’t priced any tickets from NH to the Carolinas recently, but I’m willing to wager that we’re talking about a non-trivial amount of cash here for a family of four.
I wonder how many other families are making similar decisions for the holiday traveling season ahead?
You know, if you established a new federal agency with the express purpose of choking the life out of commercial air travel (and expand the scope of government surveillance powers along the way), you would be hard-pressed to do as good of a job as it as the TSA and its legions of uniformed ass-grabbers…