E was stuck up in Scotland for hours yesterday because his plane was delayed by 3 hours.
I don't think airplanes are the best way to travel over short distances. By shorts I mean a one or two hour flights, but it does depend to where.
For example London to Dublin is an hours flight but you have to cross the Irish sea - in this case planes are far more sensible (plus if I mention the word "Ferry", E get that look of distain). London to Paris is also and hour but I'd rather take the EuroStar.
Yes thats right I'd rather take the train. They have seats that can fit a normal sized human being and staff that do not frown at you for getting up. I know trains can be just as expensive as Airtravel but for some places its just easier.
Take for example another 1 hour flight, From London to Newcastle. You can do this in under 3 hours on a train. Now it seems the plane is faster but take into acount the 30mins to get out to the airport, the 1.5 hours to check-in and wait around before boarding, the 30 mins waiting for the plane to take off, the 1 hour in the air and the last 30 mins or more getting out of the airport and back into the town centre. Thats a minimum of 4 hours, by this point you would have been at your destination an hour earlier without any fuss. Just imagine if there was a delay, your stuck, you can't change tickets and there is no escape. You just have to wait...and wait...and wait....
I know in America and India internal flights are as long as international ones, so I to would take a plane but trust sometimes a train really is much better.
Then again people could have other reasons...