I don’t aspire to be Gordon Gekko (though I used to have his cell phone more or less, a long long time ago – ever notice how cell phones are one of the great democratizers, no matter how wealthy you are you can’t really get a better iPhone or Galaxy S6?).
I’ll never be ‘rich enough to own my own jet’.
But I do not like to waste time.
I hate checking bags, because I don’t want to wait for them on the back end of a trip. (Not to mention that if something is important enough to bring with me, it’s important enough so ensure I don’t lose).
But I also hate carrying on… because I don’t want to board early to ensure I’ve got overhead bin space, and ideally bin space near my seat.
I’ve long held two propositions:
- If you’ve never missed a flight you’re spending too much time in airports
- You don’t want to be the first to board, you just want to not be last.
Still, even if you board somewhere in the middle or towards the end you’re likely to waste quite a bit of time standing in the jetway at least on narrowbody aircraft and US carriers that even use a single forward door to board widebodies.
The most liberating thing in the world I think is not checking bags and not having a rollaboard either. When you don’t need overhead bin space you cruise through airworld nearly frictionless. A laptop bag that can fit underneath the seat in front of you and carry your tolieteries and a change of clothes?
The day trip, and the simple overnight, and the best things going. Can you wear the same pair of pants, same jacket, and just vary the shirt, socks, and underwear? A guy can probably get away with that two days in a row and then hang up the jacket in first class (or in the closet on boarding, or nearly folded up into the overhead bin in back.. just wait for everyone else to stow their stuff so they don’t wrinkle it beyond recognition).
Freedom’s just another word for nothing you’ve got to pack.