This past Sunday, I flew home to Los Angeles from Thanksgiving with my relatives in Montreal (actually, it was a bat mitzvah since Canadian Thanksgiving occurred six weeks ago but you get the idea). The Sunday after Thanksgiving is the busiest flying day of the year, with millions of passengers criss-crossing the country. And I had to connect through O’Hare, the second busiest airport in the world. I was dreading the experience, and half-expected to be stranded in Chicago on Sunday night.
And nothing happened. The flight into Chicago was fine; the flight out of Chicago was fine.
And as far as I can tell, the same thing happened in thousands of flights all over the nation. Flights were generally on-time arriving and departing, despite rainy and cloudy weather conditions.
Now, I don’t know how this occurred. Airports run by state and local governments and regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration all coordinated tens of thousands, if not millions of different activities, events, and flights throughout the United States.
But…but…we all know that this just isn’t possible, because the government is invariably inefficient, incompetent, corrupt, slow, bureaucratic, and completely incapable of nimbly managing these millions of transactions and activities, unlike the private sector. (That’s why it’s so great that the Republicans want to cut the FAA’s budget). There is simply no way that any of this could have happened. I really have no idea how I got home from Montreal.
So at this point I’m figuring that I must have dreamed up the whole thing.