Archive for December 23rd, 2008

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 | Author: admin

Is there anything worse than being stranded at an airport?  When heavy snow storms cause the airlines to cancel flights, many people find themselves in this terrible position.

This week the Northwest was getting pounded and many travelers were left with no choice but to sleep in the terminals.  Their luggage was already checked in, so it was difficult to leave even if they wanted to.  When your flight is cancelled, what choice do you really have?  I hate being in a position where I have little or no control over my options.

ThrongsSo what can we do about it?  Once a heavy storm hits, there is not a lot that you can do.  In order to avoid this type of situation, we need to take proactive action.  These storms are forecasted in advance, but the inflexibility and limited capacity of airlines, buses and trains make it difficult to change travel plans.  Read this story of some travelers desperately trying to get home, but continuously frustrated in their attempts.

If you knew a storm was coming, wouldn’t be nice to have an option like Pay4Rides available?  Instead of spending lots of money on a hotel room or sleeping in terminal, you could pay a driver to take you where the weather is better and you can easily make other arrangements.  This would cost a lot less than renting a car one way.

On shorter flights, I would even argue that Pay4Rides could be faster and definitely cheaper.  When flying, you have to:

  1. Drive to the airport
  2. Park
  3. Check in
  4. Pass through airport security
  5. Wait for take off
  6. Fly
  7. Land
  8. Go through baggage claim
  9. Get from the airport to your actual destination

If you could pay one or several drivers to get you from point A to point B, it would be a very attractive alternative.   An organized ride system would offer many more options and allow you to get to your destination without spending a night or two on the airport terminal floor.  I am sure the people in Seattle this week would agree.

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