3 Idle Thoughts For Friday

Back to 3 idle thoughts, a la Terry Maxon (scroll to the bottom if you don’t know who Terry is).

I can only imagine how terrifying it would be to be sitting on an airplane only to look at the window and see the engine on fire.

You could blindfold me and stuff me onto a plane with noise-canceling headphones, then take my blindfold off and let me watch the passengers on the last 20 minutes of the flight and deplaning.  I’ll be able to nail the flight full of people going to Vegas every single time.

I can’t imagine any sane reason 5 am flights exist.  I “get” redeyes, even though I can’t tolerate them.  But, airports should be shut down in the US for 5am departures.


One of the things Terry did each Friday was post on his “Airline Biz Blog” 3 random thoughts (“idle thoughts”, as it were).  Sometimes they were travel related, sometimes not.  I recall one about his air conditioning going out in the middle of the hot Dallas summers that kept me chuckling.  But, my favorite was when he compared airline executives to livestock without completely making it into an insult.  I’m betting even the airline execs got some chuckles out of it.

For his final column, he released 30 idle thoughts and I did my best to pick my favorite 3.

To be clear, I’m not Terry Maxon.  I enjoy discussing the aviation industry and learning more about it.  It’s fascinating to me.  But, Terry spent 20 years of his life following aviation.  The sum total of what I know about aviation might fill one of Terry’s shoes.  That being said, I figured it would be fun to try to pay respect to him by coming up with 3 idle thoughts.  On a Friday.

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