The Future of Flight: What to Expect When You Get Back in the Air

Christopher Schaberg
Christopher Schaberg
Loyola University New Orleans

Christopher Schaberg is Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, as well as affiliated faculty in Loyola’s Environment Program.  He teaches an Honors Seminar entitled “Interpreting Airports,” and is the author of three books on airports and air travel; The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight (2012), The End of Airports (2015) and Airportness: The Nature of Flight (2017).


The Future of Airline Travel

We had come to assume that air travel would be basically the same for the next several decades, at least. Airliners are meant to last that long, and the industries that support commercial flight have been resistant to radical innovations. The system basically worked, even if passengers griped about decreasing legroom and overhead bin space, and even if the environmental costs were adding up. But all that has changed with the COVID-19 pandemic, and now we’re left to wonder what the future of flight will look like. Will people be eager or leery to fly? Will businesses cut back on remote conferences and routine trips, now that they’ve tasted the cost-saving elixir of mass teleconferencing? Will there be a return to the demand for exotic travel? Will airline workers find other occupations? What will airports and airplanes feel like, for those of us who still take to the skies?

In this class, Professor Schaberg we will explore the coming months and years of commercial flight — with our newfound limitations — as well as possibilities for reimagining what had become a mundane everyday miracle: taking off and landing somewhere else.


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