Last week, as I perused tweets, I stumbled upon a story that drew me in. Having traveled far too much in my career and seen the evolution of air travel from pleasure to pain, I am always intrigued by new attempts to comfort passengers who were just subjected to invasive TSA frisking or viewed naked as they walked through high-tech body scanners. The story (http://read.bi/iMtquL) was about a 2050 concept plane from jet maker Airbus. Among the many features of this plane are the following:
- Transparent plane walls for panoramic views of the sky.
- 100% recyclable materials used in interior.
- Self-cleaning cabin materials made from plant fibers.
- Body-heat harvesting to generate power for cabin comforts.
- Virtual golf course for passenger entertainment.
- Mood lights.
In theory, this description is appealing to somebody, but to me, it is laughably off target. I want to get where I am going safely, on time, and with some modicum of friendly customer service. A Superman-like view of the sky, earth-friendly materials, and video games onboard are just novelties. Mood lighting? This is not a date! Self-cleaning materials? Bill of goods! I am intrigued by the bio-fueled power. Can they harvest all the gas passed onboard?