The Week (US)

The view from the airports


“Flying’s back, baby, and so is everything you used to hate about it,” said Natalie Compton in The Washington Post. Two weeks after being vaccinated, I flew across the country to celebrate my dad’s birthday, and the airports—Reagan National, Dallas, Fresno—looked like 2019. “I’m talking crowds swarming the gate; lines at every Starbucks; barefoot passengers sprinting to their connecting flights, sandals in hand.” On the first leg, a couple seated near me bickered loudly, masks down. On flight two, the AC nearly gave my feet frostbite. Baggage claim took forever. But as I watched other travelers joyfully reuniting with loved ones, I remembered: “It’s a privilege to experience all of travel again—not just the postcard-worthy moments but the uncomforta­ble parts, too.”

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