Welcome aboard Watkins Non-Airline!

October 4th, 2015 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized


I chose to drive to the board meeting of the St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference, even though I hate to drive. Here’s why:

      Flight schedule

      6:30 am Leave for Fort Wayne Airport
      7:30 am Go through security, wait
      8:30 am Fly to Atlanta
      10:17 am Land in Atlanta
      11:05 am Fly to Pittsburgh
      12:49 pm Arrive in Pittsburgh
      1:30 pm Meet driver
      2:30 pm Arrive in Grove City

      Driving schedule

      9 am Leave for Grove City
      12 Stop for lunch
      12:30 pm Continue to Grove City
      2:30 pm Arrive in Grove City

But best of all . . .

• I didn’t have to run the security gauntlet

• I can travel with full-sized aerosols, liquids and gels!

• I wasn’t charged for checked luggage, no limit on carry-ons

• I had the whole exit row to myself with a fully adjustable seat

• My choice of music through a great sound system (No “stethoscope” headsets)

• I enjoyed a delicious meal at non-airport/airplane prices

• I was able to use a spacious restroom

• No screaming babies

• I didn’t have to go through Atlanta to get from Indiana to Pennsylvania.

• No weather delays or cancellations.

• No cancellation because the flight crew didn’t get their eight hours of sleep.

• No computer crashes.

• No lost luggage.

• I didn’t pay a dime for parking

So, my rule of thumb is this: if an event is six or less hours away, driving is quicker than flying. Driving actually cost $100 more than flying, but the First Class service of Watkins’ Non-Airlines was well worth the money!

Copyright © James N. Watkins

And be sure to mark your calendar for the St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference June 22-26, 2016. It’s going to be amazing!

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