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The Magic (and the Hassles) of Airline Flight

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That’s our three grandchildren in the accompanying photo – Sarit Maayan, Emma Pearl, and Henry Charles – at the airport, before a recent plane trip they took with their parents to the West Coast this summer.

What you don’t see is the look of wonder and amazement on each of their faces, as they admire the large metal structure that would soon be transporting them 3,000 miles through the air to their destination.

Unfortunately, I am not nearly enamored of airline flight as my grandchildren these days. Last month, I went on a business trip to the Dominican Republic, the first time I had been on an airplane since the pandemic began. And it wasn’t pretty.

The lines through security were impossibly long. The flight was delayed. The plane was filled to capacity, and my seat seemed smaller than I remembered from my last plane trip. Passport control was a pain. The only silver lining was that I just packed a carry-on bag, and avoided another half hour waiting for my suitcase (and the possibility of a lost bag, which I hear has become more commonplace).

It wasn’t always like that. There was a time, before 9/11, that I actually looked forward to plane trips. And I have fond recollections of the many flights I experienced to various parts of the country and the rest of the world.

I was 11 years old when I finally took my first plane........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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