Saturday, December 17, 2005

Heathrow (again)

Ten hours to go in Heathrow.

Why aren't airports fully functional all night? Specifically, why aren't international airports with long-haul flights open all night? I can't change money, buy food, go to my terminal or do much of anything except sit here and read. (Frank Conroy's Body & Soul, which is very nice.) But why not run flights to, say, Chicago or Hong Kong throughout the night? When you are traveling more than 5-6 time zones, time becomes somewhat meaningless anyway. I suppose that flight crews based in London would not be happy about 4:00 A.M. flights. But if they were based in Chicago, it would make more sense.

2 Comments:

Blogger David Schraub said...

Generally it's a noise regulation statute blocking that, isn't it? Chicago-Midway is right in the middle of a residential neighborhood (which always has the effect of convincing we're going to crash when I'm 20 feet above the ground and looking at someone's backyard). My house in Bethesda is over the approach path for some Reagan National flights. All-night flights would prevent these poor souls from ever sleeping again.

3:06 PM  
Blogger henry said...

Good point, hadn't thought of that. But that doesn't explain the condom machines in the bathrooms.

4:06 PM  

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