For my travel to PyCon 2010, I have three choices.
Fly. Total round-trip is ten hours and $480, nonstop. I’ll know what it’s like to be a cow in a slaughterhouse.
Bus. Total is five days and $245, with many stops. I’ll go insane.
Train. Total round-trip is eight days and $585, with many stops. But I’ll be treated like a human being.
I hate flying. Let me repeat that: I. hate. flying. The free-market does not work in the air travel industry. The airlines have no incentives to provide quality service, and the TSA is inept. This is what happens when a country is led by fear and willful ignorance.
But, 4.5 days of my time is worth a lot more than $240. And Amtrak’s combination of price and round-trip time is uncompetitive.
So I’ll fly. Moooooooooooooo.