Plane & Pilot
Saturday, October 1, 2005

Through The Eyes Of A Ferry Pilot

Observing places, people and planes is part of the job

As a seasoned observer and avid admirer of the fair sex for the last 40 years, I also couldn’t help noticing that practically every woman on the Southwest flight was wearing sandals. Until a few years ago, I used to reflect that women’s shoes seemed to get uglier every year. Now, female footwear seems to become less visible with each passing season. Of course, there’s always the red, blue, brown, green, black, heart-patterned or striped toenail polish to deal with as well. At the risk of sounding like Andy Rooney, I’ve always felt that the only human feature less attractive than women’s feet is men’s feet.

As if in partial confirmation, NBC offered a piece on the “Nightly News” in late July regarding a champion women’s college lacrosse team that was invited to the White House for an award and photo op with President Bush, and virtually the entire team showed up in flip-flops. Almost predictably, the girls were surprised that anyone was offended and commented that no disrespect was intended. It was just “the style,” and like lemmings, they were following the style blindly.

After grabbing a cab out of the Los Angeles International Airport for home, it was great to slip on my Birkenstocks, slide my Motorola up to my ear and get back in touch…at least I didn’t subject anyone else to it.

Bill Cox is entering his third decade as a senior contributor to Plane & Pilot® and provides consulting for media, entertainment and aviation concerns worldwide.
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