Category Archives: flying

You are not Luke Skywalker

You are not trying to destroy the death star. You should not be driving through the toll booth at 60 MPH. I hope this happens so I can laugh at you. I’m so glad you’re approaching from behind and swerved around me to the next open lane so you’re not gonna ruin my morning commute.

Flying over the toll booth

Flying over the toll booth

As you can see below, the traffic lanes become narrower at the toll plaza with large beefy guardrails in place. The toll plaza was designed to slow down and stop traffic because they were designed to accept exact change, but TxDOT converted all cash toll plazas to TxTag lanes without removing the guardrails. A standard traffic lane is 12 feet wide. The narrowed lanes are probably 9 or 10 feet wide. A standard sedan is about 6 feet wide. Yeah, it’s close. Good going guys.

Tollbooth

Tollbooth

As long as I’m complaining about the toll booths, this isn’t fkn Wal-Mart! Open up ALL the lanes instead of that one lane. It’s not like an attendant is needed anymore since you aren’t accepting cash. Put some tag and plate readers and roll in the dough y’all!

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Standing at the gate

This weekend is the busiest travel weekend of the year because of Thanksgiving. I flew home and back and had a wonderful time. I flew Southwest for the first time in about a year and after flying other airlines I realized why they have a boarding group and positioning number. Southwest does not have assigned seating so it never made sense to me why there was an order to board. Other airlines do have seating assignments, but it is a mess at the gate when they allow all people to board at once. Southwest has numbered poles by the gate to allow people to line up according to their boarding number to keep the gate area clear. I never realized how nice and clean this system was until today. It keeps people from standing in front of the gate during the boarding and deboarding process as well as moderates the flow of people into the plane. Kudos, Southwest, kudos.