September 26, 2006

MY EARLIER COMPLAINTS ABOUT AIRLINE SERVICE reminded me of this article by James Fallows on how new technology might lead to a “mesh network” approach to air travel, with lots of small planes, as opposed to today’s big-plane hub-and-spoke approach.

It sounds good to me — and there are obvious homeland-security benefits to an approach that uses planes too small to serve as manned missiles. And I notice from USA Today that Honda is getting into the game with an inexpensive small jet carrying 6 or 7 passengers. NetJets for the masses? I like the idea, if it can be made to work.