Flying coast to coast, I find that 95% of the time my window shade is down. I rarely look outside because after all, in my mind, 85% of this country equals a fly over state, meaning everything from East of the Rockies to the Appalachians (minus Chicago) really isn’t worth stopping at or looking at. I lived in Kansas City, Missourifor a while, which I renamed Kansas Shitty, Misery (sorry guys it wasn’t for me), and I was certain that I was in a fly over state. The entire time I lived there, not a single friend came to visit me. I moved to Southern California and I had more visitors than the Mona Lisa exhibit! However, point is when flying anywhere, my window shade is rarely up!
Despite always having my window shade closed, there are times when I open it. For example, when flying over a national park, monument or when landing in a new place, I tend to look out the window. Otherwise the shade is up and I’m engrossed in a book or a movie. Yet, sometimes things are different and I do open my shade.
Flying coast to coast gets cumbersome, however every now and then I remember why some fly over states aren’t so bad and I have to thank my pilots for it! I love it when I fly over something beautiful and the pilots make an announcement to let us know! This week when flying SAN-DTW, the pilots made an announcement about 5 minutes before we flew over the Grand Canyon. Although I sadly was not seated on the correct side of the plane, I still got a view of flagstaff, multiple forest fires, and the few random mountains that Arizona offers.
I love it when pilots tell me to look outside and enjoy the natural beauty of this country. Most Alaska Airline pilots do this on day flights from Seattle, but this was the first time I’ve been on a legacy carrier where they made such announcements! I hope more pilots continue this because it always helps pass the time and helps me enjoy these fly over states more. Maybe one day I’ll fly over Mount Rushmore, Independent Rock, Yellowstone or the St. Luis Arch. Too bad most of these are no fly zones, but until then I can day dream!
What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen from above? I’ve seen the Great Wall of China, Leaning tower of Pisa, Hong Kong’s Famous Sky line, Big Ben, Machu Pecchu, and other jaw dropping sights, but it’s only because pilots have been kind enough to announce it. Do you keep you face glued to the window, or do you only look when told?
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