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Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Dave!The good thing about taking those late, late-night, red-eye flights? Well... if you're connecting to another flight, sometimes you can save a chunk of money because you're connecting to a cheap, early-ass flight that nobody wants to bother with. You're also saving money because you don't have to get a hotel that night, and can just sleep on the plane. Also, if you have premium flyer status, your odds of getting upgraded to First Class are scary-good. On the surface, it's a good deal all the way around. The only penalty being that you are flying overnight at a late hour, which can be a bit rough on a person mentally and physically.

Well, that's not the only penalty...

  • Because it's at night, you're not flying with the "business crowd"... it's mostly families. Families dragging their small children on a flight that doesn't leave until waaayyyy past their bedtime. So they're crying. And screaming. A lot.
  • And because there's money to be saved, you're often flying with no-frills budget fliers who are bringing their own stinky food and crazy-ass noisy entertainment onboard (a SIMON game... seriously?!?).
  • You get a lot of inexperienced fliers who make life miserable for everybody else. Everything from idiots arriving too late and having to cut in line at security to make their flight (and then not having ID and ticket ready).... to morons who try to shove a huge-ass suitcase through the X-ray machine (and then don't know to toss their liquids out or remove their keys from their pocket).
  • Because all the airline problems and delays seem to snowball and compile by the end of the day, you're odds of having a delayed flight are worse than usual. This is an immediate concern to me, since it's going to make for a tight connection in the morning.
  • At night is when all the crazies come out. There are some seriously fucked up people at this airport tonight.

So, do the positives outweigh the negatives?

Well... right now I'm tempted to say no. Waiting here for my delayed flight with total insanity going on around me is the stuff of nightmares. And I have never been able to sleep on a plane no matter how tired I am.

Except... I am getting three days vacation at an insanely cheap cost before I have to fly to work, so I'm not sure.

Guess I'll know once it's all over.

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  1. Kailyn says:

    As someone who has had to fly east since birth (my first flight was shortly before my first birthday), I appreciate the red-eye because I feel like I have lost less time in doing so. And from the Bay Area daytime flights heading east cost less than taking the red-eye in many cases. I think because of the time thing. And the fact that the red-eye out of here is usually a direct flight. Well the direct flight thing depends upon whether the final destination thing is a major city/hub. All that other stuff? That’s what red wine is for. I don’t know about you but that stuff makes me sleepy on planes. Then again I used to teach so I have a certain tolerance for noise from children.

    But yeah, people should totally dress for traveling. This means wearing shoes that are easily removed. Also don’t wear a lot of metal in forms of belt buckles and whatnot if you can help it. And know when you are putting your stuff in the bins for x-ray what things you will have to separate — like taking your laptop out of the bag and having your liquids in an appropriate sized baggie. Oh and even though they don’t say it, go ahead. Put your coat in one of those bins as well when you’re traveling in one of those cooler months. Or you’re from the Bay Area.

  2. Sarah says:

    I remember the first time I flew up to see Vahid I had a bobby pin in my jeans pocket that I forgot about and the person waiting behind me starting cursing me out for not being prepared because he was an hour late for his flight.

    I don’t know what that had to do with anything but it popped into my head as I was reading this so there ya go.

    Enjoy your vacation! You deserve it!

  3. Invader_Stu says:

    I’m very happy that I’ve avoided the red eye flight experiences.

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