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Friday, March 11, 2005

Never Fly in the North East Corridor Lesson Twelve

So a relative is visiting me for 48 hours and coming from Washington, DC. When discussing travel plans I said, "do not fly from DC. I know it sounds convenient and the travel agent will get you a great deal as an addition to you business trip, but just take Amtrak and be done with it. Amtrak is 2 hours and 45 minutes and won't be delayed by snow." Sure enough my advise was not considered and this person is currently sitting at National Airport with their flight delayed an hour and a half. The flight isn't an hour in the air, so short in fact you aren't suppose to leave your seat (and rather cool if they fly you up the coast!). So between the early check in, the sitting around, the flight itself, and the damn hassle of LGA baggage and cab or bus, I guarantee it will be at least two hours longer and a hell of a lot more stressful than just sitting back on Amtrak, cracking open a beer or swiggin from a flask and reading a book in a seat 50% larger than that of an airline. Heck, plug in your laptop and blog. When you visit people from a different part of the country, always take their advice on travel, restaurants, hotels, etc. After all, who would know better?

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