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More on planes

Learned yesterday: I know an unexpectedly large number of people who've travelled in helicopters and hot air balloons. And, despite the recent spate of first-time fliers, thus far 100 percent of poll respondents have flown on a plane - although for five of you, your first time was within the past year. Far more of you have been flying since before you can remember flying - or so I suspect from the large numbers of people who started flying 20-40 years ago.

I had scarce posted yesterday's poll on planes when all sorts of new related pollish enquiries developed. Hence, a second in as many days. Also, I started wondering about boats - but they can wait for another week. Anyways, they'd make the poll too spammy.

Poll #649288 Planes again

Why have you flown on a plane? (Check all that apply.)

Unfunded work-related trip (unfunded conference, interviews)
To visit family
To visit friends
A plane trip which was a destination in its own right (learning to fly, trying out a novel kind of plane)
To go parachuting
Other (please explain!)

What kinds of planes have you flown on? (Check - guess - all that apply. I've done this by ballpark numbers rather than models as I am sadly poor at remembering aircraft models.)

A plane capable of holding 4 or fewer passengers
5-16 passenger plane
17-36 passenger plane
36-140 passenger plane
140-350 passenger plane
Float plane
Aerobatic plane
Military plane

Check all of the following which are true for you, regardless of why.

I am willing to eat commercial airplane food.
I always order a special meal when flying commercially.
I have flown on a discount airline.
I have flown business class.
I have flown first class.
I have love/really enjoy flying on airplanes.
I would like to learn to fly a plane (feel free to check if you already know how).
I would like to fly in a spaceship! (Presume a current - fully functional - model of spaceship shuttle).

That should, of course, be "I have love/really enjoy flying on airplanes." But you knew that.


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Jan. 10th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
The "other" was to attend a funeral. Attending weddings I grouped under a visit to friends.

I remember the meal I had on my first flight. It was 1972, I was 7 and we were going to Florida to visit my grandparents. We all dressed up for the flight. We flew Northeast Airlines, a.k.a. "Yellowbird." I brought "The Aristocats" to read. I loved the little lunch tray with each element sized and shaped to fit like puzzle pieces. Dessert was key lime pie, my first.
Jan. 10th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
Counting the unlaws in Oz as family, here.
Jan. 10th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
other == moving here to the UK
Jan. 10th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
Oops, didn't catch the fine print at the end.

Anyway, the 'Other' I put, was flying for a funeral, which doesn't quite fit in with "to visit family". I got reimbursed partially for that flight, for that matter.

On the fine print - I interpreted that as a possible past tense reply.

In the past, I enjoyed flying very much. I loved taking plane trips.

That is no longer the case. It's all a big uncomfortable hassle now.
Jan. 10th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
Well, I've flown for funerals, but also to move house, once to Georgia, once to Germany, and then back to California.
Jan. 10th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
Does flying to go study elsewhere count as "unfunded work"? I put it under "other" (been to Cambridge and Toronto for summer school). And I've moved via plane ... I guess that is "other" as well.
Jan. 10th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
Well ok, one might have love on airplanes, but that's really discouraged - and how the heck can two people fit in those bathrooms, anyway? I barely fit!
Jan. 10th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
I noticed that you left out crop-dusting and war. (Or do those fall under the heading of business?)
Jan. 10th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
Re: planes
Point. Have you been in a crop-dusting plane?

I suspect they'd count as business, although it certainly wasn't what I had in mind.
Jan. 10th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
My "others" include a school exchange trip to France in high school (not really a vacation) and flying to Regina to attend an international Girl Guide camp. (actually, both of those trips were within a year or so of each other - and were the last time I flew anywhere.)
Jan. 10th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
My "other" was a flight to Nashville to go on retreat at a convent there, incidentially it was also the first time I flew alone.
Jan. 10th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
Far more of you have been flying since before you can remember flying

This reminded me that I actually flew on a plane about 25 years ago, when I was a baby. I'm pretty sure I said my first flight was something like 12 years ago, which is the first time I remember flying.
Jan. 11th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
I should explain why I didn't check off the third from last box in the last category--I used to love flying in planes. About ten or so years ago, the last time I flew business (well, the first and last time), that was the last time I really enjoyed flying. Ever since, the philosophy has been cram-cram-cram into small-smaller-smallest spaces, and while the flight attendants and pilots are well-meaning and skilled, nothing can make up for no leg room and a reclining seatback in my face.

/end grumpiness. ;)
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