Carry-On Luggage? Who Needs It?

Come to think of it, flying without any kind of hand baggage might just be a pleasure.

All those exasperated passengers who finally left London with what
little they were allowed to carry on board in a clear-plastic baggy,
made me think about flying and how it used to be and might be again.

Nothing to do but read, watch the movie, slip the earphones on and
listen a bit with eyes closed, maybe even take a nap. No laptop or
iPod, particularly no Blackberry or cell-phone. More particularly, no one else’s iPod or cell-phone.
I’m more than willing to make that trade.
As every shred of waking time gets filled with obligation of one kind
or another, maybe we need someone to call time-out. May as well be the
airlines, they can’t become any less popular by becoming our
kindergarten teachers in the air.
Space itself has become less congenial, as those hurrying from place
to place shout into cell-phones or, creepier yet, wander down the
street like mental cases, talking (apparently) to themselves through
the magic of Blue-Tooth. I’ve seen them walk out into traffic,
occasionally in front of my car, lost in their own closed-off world of text-messaging.
It gets worse of course in confined spaces and what can possibly be
more confined than a plane? Who hasn’t had to put up with ‘back-pack
man,’ crushing an expedition worth of worldly goods into the overhead?
Not talking about business or first-class, those havens of the
privileged, but back behind the curtain where most of us hunker down.
So, now that we’ve been reduced to taking off our shoes and the
indignity of various wand-searches (arms outstretched like
snow-angels), along with unconscionable early-arrival requirements for
the most mundane flights—why not permanently take it a step further and enjoy ourselves?
A little obligatory down-time is in order.
Everything goes in checked-luggage, including winter coats
and gadgetry. Pocket-change, wallet, passport and (maybe) prescription
medicine in the clear plastic baggy. Shorter and more pleasant
check-ins will become the norm. And those important-types we’ve all
flown with, who just have to have something additional that isn’t allowed, will soon learn after missing a flight or two.
Y’all have a nice flight.

Some other folks thoughts on flying today;

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