Holiday Travel: Bring the Concorde !

We have hit at the peak of the holiday period, which means millions of travelers will be taking trains airplanes, and automobiles to get everywhere.

If you’ve experienced the misfortune of experiencing one or more one of these ways of transport in our cities recently, you know any last drops of pleasure have long since been squeezed out of contemporary travel. It’s more of a stressful endurance test than anything else.

The power outage at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport on the weekend is with no decent explanation. How can the world’s busiest airport become susceptible to one point of collapse? I believed we constructed airports to be resilient, but it seems ATL is similar to a house of cards.

The excursion for a new train in Washington State ended in disaster. The locomotive was reported to be traveling 80 miles in a 30 mph zone. The system wasn’t installed, although there are management systems that can slow trains that are out of control down. The driver might have been distracted, but we’ve not made much improvement in train journey, if that’s all it takes to cause a derailment.

Our clogged roadways are not much better. Accepting bus excursions is fraught with danger. Over a dozen people were killed when a bus carrying tourists turned over while driving into Mayan ruins in Mexico. The accident’s cause is being investigated. And talking of cruising countless passengers have become sick at sea.

What’s the solution to our traveling woes? I have been thinking about this a lot recently as I ready to jet off to the Great White North for your holiday season. I believe that the answer would be to limit the amount of time. The very best we can do is bring back aviation unless Star Trek-like transporter techniques can be engineered by us.

It has been over 50 years since the Concorde prototype was unveiled to crowds from Toulouse, France. To flying on these miracles that were needle-nosed, the nearest I got saw one. Traveling at Mach two while sipping champagne on the 3.5-hour flight from London to New York sounds far more appealing than sitting in the middle seat of a busy, long haul, no frills bus in the atmosphere.

The Concorde ceased flying in part in 2003 because it was not economically viable. But perhaps focusing technology that is new on an Concorde would be a better usage than rolling out the latest seats of our expertise.

Tilley is currently a professor at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Email technologytoday@srtilley.com.

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Holiday Travel: Bring back the Concorde!

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