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Flying by: Has flying become the new flip phone?

More than 20 years ago, legendary comedian, the late George Carlin, rattled off some of the more brilliant stand up you'll hear in the history of the profession. He unleashed his fervor and observational humor on flying, ranging from the inane rhetoric as part of the in flight announcements to the silliness that is the captain acting as though he's more important than he really is.
Those who were fans of Carlin undoubtedly remember how he questioned the flight attendants needing to tell you how a seat belt works or the phrase "please check your immediate seating area for anything you may have brought with you," suggesting that the phrase "immediate seating area" could be whittled down to just the world "seat" or asking how you can look for something that you "may" have brought on to the plane.
Everything Carlin said was spot on in how ridiculously outdated and inconsequential some of the airline announcements can be, and that was 20 years ago. The question is, however, has airplane travel really evolved much since then?
Of course, you can't ignore the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and how that changed airport awareness and security for the better and with safety at the forefront, which is where it belongs. No, this more about in the plane and just how not much as changed if you really think about it.
Let's start with the rolling beverage cart: hard to imagine no one could come up with something better than this burly, brutal beast of equipment that has served plenty of drinks and overpriced snacks but also smashed its fair share of elbows, too.

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Equally antiquated are the fresh air fans that that barely work most of the time and those dinner slash television trays that are wobbly, dirty and feature the lamest cup holder known to mankind.
And you certainly can't forget the in flight magazine that never gets read (apparently no one bothered to tell the publisher or editor that no one really reads magazines much with all the tablets and e readers floating around).
A personal favorite also is the sound system that broadcasts those captivating announcements devoid of sort of urgency or importance (I know you're thinking that how can you say the same thing over and over again a million times and actually care, but something tells me when you're talking about how to use your seat as a floating device or intense cabin pressure due to an emergency landing, you might want to have at least a little inflection in your voice).
Furthermore, does every plane have a speaker system that is barely audible? The only thing worse is the CB radio of sorts that they use at the gate to tell you that they're now boarding first class even though no one can hear at word of any of it.
As technologically savvy as just about everything is, flying seems to be soaring far below the radar of actually implementing any of it beyond the security aspect of the experience. Perhaps the drink cart that carries that 7 year old Asian chicken wrap can be replaced by something less cumbersome or the pseudo loud speaker can lose the static to make those skies a little friendlier, and practical, than they are presently.

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