I have no plans to get on a jet this year. I am hopeful that, maybe, in Q1 of 2021 it may be safe-ish to fly again. Then again, it may be MUCH later than that before I am willing to risk it.
Either way, I am now contemplating where I will want to start my trip. My hometown airport is South Bend, Indiana, or SBN. Living where I do in the Midwest, I have the luxury of driving about two hours to fly out of Midway (MDW) in Chicago – but for now, Delta had dumped service in and out of MDW. It takes me about 3 hours to drive to O’Hare (or ORD) as well as to Detroit (DTW) or Indy (IND). All of the latter means I would begin my travels on a mainline jet vs. a tiny Delta CRJ200.
Regular blog readers know my utter disdain for the horrid and evil (yes evil) CRJ200 Delta connection regional partner jets. Blocking a seat on one side of the jet means only half of those onboard get “space for safer travel“?
Hum… COVID19 has had a massive impact on the number of Delta flights in and out of SBN (but better than some regional airports that Delta simply ended service to). Even so, there are real personal benefits of flying out of a smaller airport and maybe even more so now with COVID19 part of the equation.
There is no CLEAR for me to simply have my eyes scanned at the TSA checkpoint but there is, sometimes, PreCheck. Either way, there rarely are lines — so this part of the trip is quick and painless at smaller airports like SBN.
Even before COVID19, there has been lots of room in the large single SBN concourse to distance me away from other travelers. But then I have to get on the very tiny CRJ200 and I am just not sure the benefits of flying locally outweigh the cost of driving to a larger airport with “real” Delta jets.
I am really struggling with this one and would love your input. Would you feel safer starting at a smaller airport like SBN or less safe compared to a larger airport? What about tiny jets vs. large Delta jets? When Delta removes the blocked seats for safety will it impact your choice to travel? Help me figure this one out please! – René
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