It was a bright sunny day in Spokane on December 1, 2009. I was waiting for the flight to Denver that supposed to land at Spokane airport by 11 a.m. It was going to be 11:30 a.m, but there was neither any sign of the flight nor any announcement by the airline employee. Finally the plane touched down 1 hour late and we were rushed into our seat while trying to outcompete each other for keeping our carry-on luggage in the overhead compartments. Almost 30 minutes passed since all passenger got seated. Adding fuel to the fire of frustration, the captain made the announcement that the hydraulic system of engine had failed and it might take more than 2 hour to fix it. Surprisingly this was the same reason why the flight was late taking off from Denver in its way to Spokane. As usual, I found myself among bunch of impatient or busy people who always find many innovative ways to convince everyone else how important is that few lost hours in their life.
Amid of all impatience, I was trying hard to find something to amuse myself. But I did not have to try harder. I was amazed by finding the way everyone was reacting to this situation. They were using at least 10-15 different ways to cope up with this dilemma that was bestowed on them, thanks to the mismanagement of the frontier airlines. Some were trying to engage themselves with their laptop, ipod or any modern inventions of 21st century. Some started talking to their friends and family in mobile phone to tell them how upset they were for this delay. I myself was guilty of doing both at the same time in order not to fall behind them in this competition, but only for 5 minutes. My fellow passenger was talking over phone for long time with a southern ascent. Some baby started crying even though I am certain that plane delay was not their concern. The reason of their sudden burst was unanticipated lost in unconditional attention that they used to get from their parents, had the plane was on time. Unfortunately, crying kids soon became part of their parents added frustration. Innovation to show the frustration at its peak through out the plane. You can get the picture as I am sure you must have this kind of situation sometime in your life, if not in the plane.
It was even more spectacular that two persons siting side by side were never talking to each other. They were able to talk to someone probably hundreds of mile away in a hot pursuit of explaining their problem. The inch of separation between two fellow passengers seemed like an light years away. The modern inventions like music players, laptop, and other entertainment device indeed bring a lot of joy to our life without depending on others. But sadly, it is the same science that decreased the distance between moon and man, yet increased the distance between men.
I am not against use of these good device that become undetachable part of our life. Overuse or misuse is always my concern. In a society where we communication gap between groups, country are increasing at alarming rate, we always blame the system or politician or policymaker for not doing there job. But we failed to see that it all started at personal level. Everyday millions of people are commuting to different place for personal or work related reasons. Everyone are instantly preparing themselves to avoid the boredom of loneliness by reading a book, listening audio. In the advent of new decade, we are loosing the art of communicating with a stranger for sharing the knowledge we all gain in terms our experience. Everyone is special in this world and there are so much thing to learn from each other, even by engaging in trash talk. We all are so comfortable in blogging, twittering, texting or writing our thought in web, but never comfortable to break the ice between us and the fellow passenger sitting inch away. Clock was ticking for the mechanics who are trying to fix the plane and for our society where we are running far from each other like our expanding universe. I was disappointed and murmur in loud voice “ so near, yet so far”. As expected, my fellow passenger did not hear me and so did others.
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