90 Second Escape: Isolation

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.

Today’s 90-Second Escape: Isolation.

The Federal Aviation Administration has decided, after years of thinking otherwise, that our portable electronic devises really don’t pose a threat to safe airline communications. We are now able to read ebooks, play games and watch videos on our PEDs pretty much whenever we want on commercial flights. Overall, flyers seem happy with the decision.

Now, the FAA is contemplating letting people use their cell phones when a flight is above 10,000 feet. People are not so happy about this potential development. Stuck in seat B between Seat A talking for three hours about how much he tipped the cabbie and why, and Seat C blabbering for three hours about her visit with her mother-in-law? Why not just offer mandatory root canals on every flight? One critic of the idea says the backlash is due to the fact that inflight is one of the few opportunities we have to escape the ever-present jibber-jabber wrought by the cell phone. It is, she said, our silent sanctuary in the sky.

Today, we bring 90 seconds of that sanctuary down to Earth. Stuck somewhere — on a bus, in an elevator, in a restaurant — amid the jawboning masses? Pull out your PED and your headphones, plug in, and enjoy 90 seconds of escape.

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