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Old 11-10-2011, 08:50 PM
 
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I used to be deathly afraid of turbulence, and then the more I flew, the more I realized it is just flat out normal. Also, a good thing to do is look at this video that Boeing released about the testing of their airplanes wings, you'd be amazed how far those things flex before they break, trust me, there is absolutely no weather that's gonna bend em that far haha.

Ive gone from being deathly afraid of flying, to absolutely loving it (and actually STUDYING aerospace engineering) hahah
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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hahahahahhahaha I'd have punched the guy
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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You miss the fundamental difference: I am in control of my car. I keep my car in top shape, I know that most of the drivers around me are idiots driving cars they know nothing about maintaining, couldn't anticipate a breakdown by sounds/feel, so are additionally handicapped, as well as not knowing the rules of the road and not caring, feeling like they own the road, etc.

But in the air, I am not only at the mercy of pilots who may be pushing their exhaustion limit - who may have spent the night in a noisy motel with a lousy mattress and woke up to a phone call from their wife/husband ending the relationship and they, in turn, are dependent upon the "people in the tower" who may have had a perfectly wonderful sleep and a marvelous day and are now zoning out admiring the pretty blue sky, not to mention the weatherperson who missed seeing the windshear. Oh, and did I mention the guys who repair the plane? Yeah, the ones facing layoffs or not getting the promotion they wanted.

It's control, baby, and if it's not under my control, I don't trust it. Flying isn't about statistics, it's about trust.
Are you afraid to get in a cab during the winter?
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:37 AM
 
Location: I live wherever I am.
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How do you get over this?

(I know there's bars at every airport but truly...I used to enjoy it).
Drive.

It's cheaper anyway, and you see more of the USA.
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Drive.

It's cheaper anyway, and you see more of the USA.
Actually, if you are going more than 750 or so miles, flying will probably come out to be cheaper.
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Atlanta Ga area
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Thanks for the info!! Will do!
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:17 PM
 
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Actually, if you are going more than 750 or so miles, flying will probably come out to be cheaper.
When my wife and I go to see her family, the round trip drive is approximately 2,600 miles. Her car gets 30 mpg on the highway, and even at an average gas price of $3.50/gallon (consuming 2600/30 = approximately 87 gallons of gas), the total price for fuel comes to $304.50. Furthermore, we can pack a carful of stuff if needed.

We'd be lucky to get ONE coach-class airline ticket for that price. And that assumes no cost for anything else like parking, transportation to and from the airport, etc. And forget about packing a carful of stuff at $25 per checked bag.

I really don't know how the math would ever work out in favor of flying unless you're going overseas.
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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When my wife and I go to see her family, the round trip drive is approximately 2,600 miles. Her car gets 30 mpg on the highway, and even at an average gas price of $3.50/gallon (consuming 2600/30 = approximately 87 gallons of gas), the total price for fuel comes to $304.50. Furthermore, we can pack a carful of stuff if needed.

We'd be lucky to get ONE coach-class airline ticket for that price. And that assumes no cost for anything else like parking, transportation to and from the airport, etc. And forget about packing a carful of stuff at $25 per checked bag.

I really don't know how the math would ever work out in favor of flying unless you're going overseas.
I don't usually include 2 people, and I could find a ticket for 300 dollars to most places in USA. Did you include the hotel that you probably stay in in your price?

The math works out quite well.
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:26 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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When my wife and I go to see her family, the round trip drive is approximately 2,600 miles. Her car gets 30 mpg on the highway, and even at an average gas price of $3.50/gallon (consuming 2600/30 = approximately 87 gallons of gas), the total price for fuel comes to $304.50. Furthermore, we can pack a carful of stuff if needed.

We'd be lucky to get ONE coach-class airline ticket for that price. And that assumes no cost for anything else like parking, transportation to and from the airport, etc. And forget about packing a carful of stuff at $25 per checked bag.

I really don't know how the math would ever work out in favor of flying unless you're going overseas.
The car usually is a cheaper option mainly when two or more folks are pooling their resources or if you need to transport tons of stuff.
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