A few weeks back, I took the family to visit relatives in Germany.
It was a great time – beer, sausage, pretzels, beer, pig stomachs.
But the trip was sandwiched between the agony of long flights. It was my kids' first long airplane ride and they experienced the full slate of transatlantic tortures: crying babies, roaring engines, turbulence, flight delays, cramped conditions, thin pillows, zero sleep, lousy food – such small portions! – and the overall feeling when you stagger off the plane that you've just been kicked, not flown, across the ocean.
So the idea of living inside a jet seems like a cruel experiment … or a lousy reality show pitch.
(Campbell explains more about the project on his site.)
"What I'm trying to demonstrate is that the conversion process can be really very simple and straightforward," he told NBC. "If people want something different [inside], they can always redecorate.
"Humanity is not yet discovering how to use these glorious birds," Campbell added.
Mixed feelings here. I like that the guy is embracing a unique idea for recycling and I love the price (only $100K!) -- but I have the feeling that if I spent the rest of my days in coach, no matter how pimped-up it was, I'd only feel truly comfortable after I'd experienced a half dozen of what might be the only good things about a transatlantic flight: mini airplane bottles.