The state of air travel leaves some things to be desired—snaking TSA lines, tiny, unopenable bags of pretzels, smelly people next to you elbowing you out of an armrest—they all make the experience more unpleasant than it needs to be. And while $32,000 airline suites are fine and all, there is an even more luxurious way to get around the perils of uncomfortable redeyes and gate checked bags (if I wanted to check my bag I would have left it with the one human being who still works at the ticket counter, thank you very much).
That way, of course, is to fly on your own private plane. But what is the world’s most posh mode of air travel actually like? To find out, we hopped a quick flight with VistaJet, a private aviation company that can currently fly you to 182 countries on as little as 24 hours notice. Considering the small number of people able to experience this kind of transportation, it seemed like an opportunity to pull back the curtain that we couldn't pass up. Here are the best parts.
It may go without saying, but the hassles that exist while navigating crowded airports vanish completely. There are no lines, there are no people asking you to take off your shoes and put your laptop in a bin by itself. We had a quick stroll through the lobby area and out on to the tarmac where a driver took us straight to the door of our plane. We kept trying to show someone our driver’s license so they could check the hologram on it, but no one was interested.