Thursday, April 20, 2006

The stress of air travel

Here's an excerpt I liked from Jim Lewis's "Notes from the Land of Nod," published in issue 88 of Granta:

Flight attendants will insist that they are merely ensuring public safety and the smooth performance of whatever corporation they work for. Still, they may have more power over you, more legal right to limit your movement, than anyone else you'll ever encounter. You'd have roomier quarters and a better range of entertainment in a small-town jail cell on a Sunday night. An airplane is an almost perfect device for torture; and so you arrive at your destination, not just tired but insane.

—Mellow Monk


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