Best Quotes About Air Travel

I (Paul Heller) love collecting the Best Quotes about Air Travel for my Fifty Plus Nomad blog. I spend hours searching to find quotes that:

  • Reflect how I feel about a place or a travel-related issue
  • Add a new or interesting perspective to a discussion about a place or issue, even if I disagree with the author’s viewpoint.
  • Make me laugh, cry, or smile.
  • Perfectly capture a place, emotion, or issue.

I don’t include quotes about unknown places or travel experiences.

In addition, I have added several previously unseen quotes I discovered while putting together this page.

I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

Let me know if you have any additional quotes to add to this page.

11 Best Quotes About Air Travel

“Can we take a direct flight back to reality, or do we have to change planes in Denver.
Tim Allen

“We’ve been needlessly irritating people, from our creaking old website to our interrogation of passengers over the size of their purses.
Michael O’Leary, chief executive officer of Ryanair

“We’re a business-oriented airline. We love all our customers; we just love some more than others, and those are the business travelers.
Jeff Smisek, former CEO of United Airlines

“I’ve got stuff about airline mergers, which just shows that my stand-up is getting more insane by the minute.
Lewis Black

 “If the Wright Brothers were alive today, Wilbur would have to fire Orville to reduce costs”.
Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines

“The best thing about flying first class was that you could be as nutty as a fruitcake and were still treated as the Queen of Sheba.”. 
Sarah Kate Lynch

Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.”
Al Gore

The glamour of air travel- its aspirational meaning in the public imagination- disappearing before its luxury did, dissipating as flying becomes commonplace.”
Virginia Postrel

For all the jokes and complaints about the aches of air travel, it’s pretty marvelous if you think about it.” 
Ish Oxenreide

“My experience bears out an adage about airlines: People almost always opt for convenience and price, even while complaining loudly about crowded planes and a dearth of amenities.
James B. Stewart

“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step………the step taken to climb the ladder which gets you into the airplane…”
Ankala Subbarao

“I think it is a pity to lose the romantic side of flying and simply to accept it as a common means of transport, although that end is what we have all ostensibly been striving to attain.”
Amy Johnson

6 Best Airport Quotes

“Air travel reminds us who we are. It’s how we recognize ourselves as modern. The process removes us from the world and sets us apart from each other. We wander in the ambient noise, checking one more time for the flight coupon, the boarding pass, the visa. The process convinces us that any moment we may have to submit to a force that is implied in all this, the unknown authority behind it, behind the categories, behind the languages we don’t understand. This vast terminal has been erected to examine our souls.”
Don Delillo 

“Going abroad to study as a teenager, and joining the United Nations at 22, confirmed my ease with the world of the frequent flyer. I saw the average airport terminal as a familiar haven, like a friend’s sitting room. But 9/11 changed all that.”
Shashi Tharoor

An airport is a place where you go through hell to reach your alleged paradise.”
Stewart Stafford

“I flew this past weekend. I went through airport security and said to the guy, ‘Is everything okay?’ He said, ‘You might want to have that mole on your ass checked out.’ That seems a little personal to me.”
Jay Leno

“The devil himself had probably redesigned hell in light of information he had gained from observing airport layouts.
Anthony Price

“It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, ‘As pretty as an airport.
Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

8 Best Airplane Quotes

For me, being in a car or on an airplane is like being in limbo. It’s this dead zone between two places. But to walk, you’re some place that’s already interesting. You’re not just between places. Things are happening.”
Rebecca Solnit

This is the way of air travel: fellow passengers applaud because they didn’t die, and then they cut in front of you so they can exit four seconds earlier.”
Vendela Vida, The Diver’s Clothes Lie E

“I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me that they are wonderful things for other people to go on.”
Jean Kerr

What’s important is that a customer should get off the airplane feeling, ‘I didn’t just get from A to B. I had one of the most pleasant experiences I ever had, and I’ll be back for that reason.”
Herb Kelleher

“An airplane crossed the sky, and she imagined its interior ― people packed in rows like eggs in a carton, the chemical smell of the toilets, pretzels in foil pouches, cans hiss-popping open, black oval of night sky embedded in the rattling walls. How strange that something so drab, so confined, so stifling with sour exhalations and the fumes of indifferent machinery might be mistaken for a star.
Maggie Shipstead

“On airplanes, strangers confide in me the most deepest, darkest secrets. And I think they think I’ll understand. And I generally do understand.”
John Waters

“The airplane stays up because it doesn’t have the time to fall.”
Orville Wright

“I watched the shadow of our plane hastening below us across hedges and fences, rows of poplars and canals … Nowhere, however, was a single human being to be seen. No matter whether one is flying over Newfoundland or the sea of lights that stretches from Boston to Philadelphia after nightfall, over the Arabian deserts which gleam like mother-of-pearl, over the Ruhr or the city of Frankfurt, it is as though there were no people, only the things they have made and in which they are hiding.

One sees the places where they live and the roads that link them, one sees the smoke rising from their houses and factories, one sees the vehicles in which they sit, but one sees not the people themselves. And yet they are present everywhere upon the face of the earth, extending their dominion by the hour, moving around the honeycombs of towering buildings and tied into networks of a complexity that goes far beyond the power of any one individual to imagine, from the thousands of hoists and winches that once worked the South African diamond mines to the floors of today’s stock and commodity exchanges, through which the global tides of information flow without cease.

If we view ourselves from a great height, it is frightening to realize how little we know about our species, our purpose and our end, I thought, as we crossed the coastline and flew out over the jelly-green sea.”
― W.G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn

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Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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