Kevin Salwen on Travel
Sometimes it's the little things that I miss about the old days of travel -- and one struck me this morning as I flew out of Atlanta. I've grown pretty accustomed to the 21st Century travel routine: removing my belt and shoes, leaving a little extra time for security, grabbing food to bring on board.
But as I was waiting at the gate for my turn to board, a flight attendant came off the plane and was greeted by a bouquet of balloons and hugs and cheers. Turns out she was retiring and that was her last flight, but what hit me was how much I miss the old days in which relatives or lovers or best friends would get off the flight, come down the jetway and search for that person they had been thinking about for the past two hours on the flight. That magical moment of connection. I loved watching those.
Once, several years ago, my wife and kids surprised me when they showed up unexpectedly after one of my business trips. I still remember the yells of 'Daddy' and my wife's smile.
These days, you can do that at baggage claim, but it doesn't feel the same. Wish we could have that back.