Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Who Would Have Thought That Northwest Airlines Pilots Were So Techie?

Ahh, yes, Northwest Airlines. I have had a love/hate relationship with the airline from the very beginning. We are both Minnesotans after all -- and we both were originally "based" in Minneapolis, land of the free and home of the brave (Vikings, at least with Brett Favre at the helm). And, now that I live in San Diego (for the past 7.5 years), Northwest Airlines is essentially the only way to fly non-stop back to my home city (which I will be doing again this year for Turkey Day).

So, it was with special pride that I embraced the news that Northwest pilots -- on that San Diego to Minneapolis flight the other day -- apparently decided to hone their techie chops by spending time on their laptops in the cockpit. Perhaps, I thought, Northwest (now Delta) had trained its pilots to be digital media mavens? Could this be?

Alas, not so fast. There was one hitch with this admirable plan to bring pilots into the 21st century land of laptop technology. They forgot that they were flying 20th century technology planes -- and, that, they actually had to fly those planes!

Well, what's the big deal here, you may say. Those fortunate to have flown on this "Laptop Special" flight likely enjoyed 4 views of my original fair city -- twice while they flew past it and back to it (only 150 miles past! Enough to see beautiful Lake Superior!) and twice more when they made their (what ultimately became their) final approach.

Double the pleasure, double the fun!

Northwest Airlines -- bringing new meaning to the word "Festive" during this very festive time of year!