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Up, Up, and Away

Man wearing a face mask on a plane.By Shawn Conrad, CAE

It sounds surreal to say this but I just flew on a commercial flight for the first time in six months. With a family member recovering from surgery, I was needed on the West Coast and looked forward to doing something I did numerous times every year: fly. Like many, I hadn’t been on a plane since COVID-19 hit and life as we knew it changed. I finally had a reason to go to an airport and board a plane.

I have always enjoyed traveling and for the first time, wasn’t sure what a trip to the airport would entail. Had they closed the lot where I typically park? What would the process be going through TSA lines? Would people be socially distancing and wearing their masks in the airport and on the plane?  Would I be able to explore the terminal (I love to walk the terminals, browse the shops, and watch people scurry to their gates)?  To me, it’s all part of the travel experience, but I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.

Bottom line: I was pleasantly surprised. While the experience was different from what I was used to, airport personnel had gone to great lengths to make their customers feel welcomed and safe. I especially appreciated the airline leaving the middle seat vacant during the flight. People kept their masks on and the pilots even came out to greet us as we de-boarded the plane.

Like parking and mobility, airports expect a slow recovery as the world works on vaccines to combat the virus. In the meantime, it is impressive how airports and airlines have adjusted their processes to lesson the anxiety we might have of flying–not a small feat. Kudos to all for their efforts!

And in case you were wondering, the experience of parking my car at the airport was flawless.

Shawn Conrad, CAE, is IPMI’s CEO.

My Flying Car

By Justin Grunert, MSM

As a kid watching cartoons and other T.V. shows, the idea of  flying cars in the future was fantastic! But sadly, we are in 2020, and no one has a flying car yet.

While scrolling through headlines, I found a short article about a Japanese company testing a flying car. My mind was blown! The fantasy of being part of a society that had flying cars came rushing back to me! Flash-forward two hours, and I had gone down a rabbit hole devoted to flying cars.

Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) air vehicles are starting to become reality. The company that tested the flying car believes that by 2023, they’ll be for sale. But before you start saving your pennies to get one, current models can only fly about five to 10 minutes; future models may have the ability to fly 30 minutes.

It’s incredible and exciting to think a childhood fantasy could become a reality. Flying cars and flying taxis would be a whole new world for IPMI to explore! I hope I have the experience to ride in a flying car in my lifetime.

Justin Grunert, MSM, is IPMI’s LMS and training coordinator.