If you flew anywhere this year, then it was, errrrrm, an ‘interesting’ experience. From people getting kicked off overbooked flights, to major customer service woes that sparked an onslaught of backlash, the airline industry wasn’t exactly lit.ย But not to fear, 2018 brings us hope with technology advances and more innovative thinking from airlines. Here’s 5 ways flying could change in 2018 (for the better, we hope).

5 Ways Flying Could Change in 2018

Robots, people. ROBOTS.

Yes, that’s right. More airlines are testing the idea of using ‘robots’ to help people check in and get what they need to go with ease. Already deployed in Amsterdam, California, and Japan, and soon to be South Korea, these robots can speak multiple languages too. Now how handy is that? I already feel a ‘back in my day’ speech coming on…

BUT, checking in might be a thing of the past.

A few airlines are switching to automatically checking people in, which we’ll be sure to see more of in 2018. Lufthansa, Swiss, Delta, and even Southwest are switching to this method of automatically checking in their customers. This puts those few people who still print their boarding pass literally decades behind the rest of us. You know who you are.

5 Ways Flying Could Change in 2018

“Alexa, book me a flight.”

That’s right tiny little robot who’s probably reporting all my conversations to the government (at least there is proof that I’m a genius and figured out Westworld before the last three episodes), book me a flight! Travel websites like Expedia and Kayak are enabling voice purchasing for airline tickets. Be on the lookout for more companies to participate.

Waiting will become slightly more pleasant.

I say ‘slightly,’ because who wants to wait ever? Well, there’s good news. Airports are going to get better in 2018 about predicting your wait time. At both Atlanta and Heathrow, you can actually get an estimate of how long it will take you to walk from one place in the airport, to another. Never again have that anxious feeling while peeing 5 minutes before you’re supposed to board.

5 Ways Flying Could Change in 2018

Planes will get better. And also worse.

The price and quality gap is going to continue to grow. For us, this means a double-edgedย sword. On one hand, we’ll have much more options when booking a trip. A few airlines like United and Delta are switching to provide pod-like options, for a more relaxing flying experience. While airlines like American, Emirates, and United (sending mixed messages guys), are adding in extra seats in their coach rows to accommodateย ten people. Eeeek!

The future for air travel seems bright, but there are definitely a few things to cry about. While technology and innovation gets bigger and better, the actual in-flight experience will probably get worse. After all, someone has to pay for all that technology that made you feel like a million bucks before you stepped on the plane and saw your un-reclining middle row seat that you paid an extra $75 for. Annnnnd breathe…

So, where are off to in 2018? And do any of these changes surpriseย you? Should airlines be more focused on better prices and better planes, than ease of everything else leading up to the in-flight experience?

 

30 Comments

  1. I’m actually glad that we can now do online check-ins at least so it’s faster. Oh how time flies by so fast. Back in my day… LOL

    I love the idea of voice purchasing your airline tickets. I hope you can specifically request the nearest date, time, and PRICE. “Book me the cheapest flight to Tokyo on February 1, 2018.” I also can’t wait for the airport here in Manila to improve. We have once been listed to be one of the worst airports (if not the worst) in the world. Yikes! xD

    xoxo,
    Gelleesh.com

    Reply
    1. Yes, exactly! In theory, that’s how it should work haha. Hopefully they improve it soon! I had no idea it was listed as one of the world’s worst.

      Author Reply
  2. This was such an interesting read! I’m not sure how I feel about even more seats in the airplanes… I hope that flying will get more comfortable and better in 2018. Also, I’m flying to Oslo, Norway and Bulgaria in 2018 so far. Hoping for a nice flight, haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    Reply
  3. TEN people?! That’s insane! I’m baffled by the number of people they’re trying to squeeze onto these planes. I’m a little torn between price vs. quality. I think it’s amazing to offer (REAL) lower prices, but it’s also hard to sit through a 7 hour flight with zero wiggle room! But I do like the idea of more efficiency. Sometimes those lines to check in are insane!

    Thanks for the heads up since we’re planning to do lots of flying this year!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

    Reply
    1. Yes, I totally agree! I think I made a comment about airlines needing to make the ACTUAL in flight experience better. I really hope they do. ๐Ÿ™

      Author Reply
  4. I don’t know how I feel about a computer booking in my flight via my voice. Lately Siri can’t bloody understand when I ask her about the weather, can you imagine booking a flight to LA but ending up booking and paying for one to another destination. Well that would be my kind of luck. Hahaha! I had printed boarding pass tickets on my way to Europe that was done at the counter automatically back in Melbs. I remember lining up for my Lufthansa flight and being one of the small percentage of people who weren’t scanning their smartphones to board. I actually thought more companies would be using this method by now so I’m a little shocked! Personally I wish they would fix the issue of people crowding and pushing while you wait to board a plane and when you get inside of one. Not really a problem for business and first classes but the lower levels, urgh, so annoying.

    Anyhoo, hope you had a lovely New Year Em. Can’t wait to see where 2018 takes you.
    Sxx
    daringcoco.com

    Reply
    1. Haha I get what you’re saying! I actually had this thought at first too. But I think the home devices like the Echo and Google Home and just going to continue to advance and recognize your voice even better. Right now, I do feel about 90% confident that I could book a flight smoothly. Since my Echo repeats everything to me, I’d make sure it was all correct. I TOTALLY agree about people rushing the plane!! I also HATE it when people do that now when you get off a plane. I remember back in the day that everyone waited until it go to their row. Actually, that’s given me an idea for my next post! ;p

      Author Reply
  5. This is interesting! As a flight attendant myself, I am accustomed to the problems aviation industry imposes on its passengers. I just hope robots don’t get to replace us too though hahaha

    Reply
    1. Of course! I wouldn’t want robots to replace you either! I love how personal and friendly flight attendants are. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Author Reply
  6. Online/auto check-in is such a time saver and I’m glad more airlines will be doing this this year! Basically if they’re going to make the actual flight itself a pain, at least make everything else leading up to that point less painless? I’ll be flying to Taiwan this year to visit family and I’m dreading it because 16+ hrs in economy is just torture, especially if they’re going to squeeze 10 people in one row!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    Reply
  7. You’re definitely right about flying in 2017 not being lit, LOL. Thankfully all of my airline/airport experiences this past year were pretty positive. I dread the idea of them squeezing more seats into a row, though. I already feel like I’m sitting uncomfortably close to those around me!

    Kathryn โ€ข simplykk.com

    Reply

Post Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.