lean traveler, especially if I’m flying. I wear clothes on the plane that I
know I can wear again. I pack my over-the-shoulder purse. I wear slip-on shoes.
I have every mini shampoo and lotion known to man. Less is more! But in the
last six months as I started to travel much more for work, I began to think
less about my physical comfort and more about my virtual comfort.
a story about the future of airplane travel. And it’s all about wireless connectivity. We have Wi-Fi on
most flights now, and you can go paperless with your boarding pass. But there’s
so much more beyond that: services in-flight that you use with your cell phone (80
percent of people have some kind of device with them anyway), virtual reality,
and my favorite … the sleeping pods with built-in light and noise preferences.
It got me
thinking. What else could I do virtually to make my travel even easier and
comfortable? Here’s my wish list, however unrealistic (or is it?):
- An app that allows me to order an in-flight
massage that’s waiting for me after boarding.
- A heat map by the plane door that shows which
bins are filling up with luggage. I’d know before I stepped foot on the plane
where my suitcase will fit.
- A touch-screen
snack service app that allows me to request more peanuts or aspirin that is
then delivered right to my seat via a vacuum tube. If a bank drive-through has
it, why not a plane?
- Better streaming so I can video-chat with my
kids – ideally from the aforementioned touch screen on the seat in front of me.
It’s a good selfie angle.
- An IM chat to my hotel to let the staff know
when I’ve landed and when I’ll be arriving.
- An app customized for my hotel room that starts
the coffee, warms the thermostat to my
preferred temperature and turns on the TV to my favorite channel (to my desired
volume level, of course). The QR code on
the app would also serve as my room key. And I’d also order more creamers.
Those things are like gold in hotels.
- A complimentary umbrella in my room. OK, that
has nothing to do with connectivity; I just always forget mine.
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bottom line is that a wireless,
connected world is certainly a more convenient one. Take a look back at the
article’s photo gallery from travels past (and some of them are hilarious),
and you’ll see how far we’ve come already. There is no doubt that innovative
minds are hard at work creating virtual comfort for all travelers.
what’s on your travel wish list? Let us know in the comments.