You know what gets me through those long hours of uncomfortable sitting, aching legs, mediocre meals, screaming kids, rude passengers, long waits for the bathroom and mind-numbing boredom on a flight? The promise of what awaits me on the other side.
It’s often said it’s not about the destination, but the journey. I say air travel is absolutely the exception.
None among us would suffer a flight if it wasn’t for the fact it’s the fastest way to get us to where we want to be. That’s the only thing flying has going for it.
So I can’t help but question the latest venture from Japan’s First Airlines, which is giving passengers the whole in-flight experience — without taking them anywhere.
This, folks, is a virtual reality experience. From First Airlines’ base in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, paying “passengers” are handed a boarding pass and directed to their Airbus seats in re-created business and first-class cabins.
With their VR headsets, the travelers — who, let’s be clear, will not actually travel — experience a simulated takeoff and landing. They hear all the safety instructions, in-flight announcements and sounds of aircraft engines, and they’re served in-flight meals, drinks and snacks by flight attendants.