Frank Schley, pilot, Jet Aviation Inc., Burbank
Private jet travel is the epitome of conspicuous consumption. Our plane is configured to carry 10 people, but sometimes we carry only one passenger. A five-hour trip can cost $15,000 to $20,000, but they pay it because everything is done at their convenience. We pick them up when they want and take them anywhere they want to go.
There is only one incident that put a bad taste in my mouth. We were flying some executives from the entertainment business. There was a girl with one of them. I thought she was his daughter, but she was actually his girlfriend. When we landed the limousines were waiting at the wrong terminal, so this little girl went ballistic. It had nothing to do with us, but she got in everyone’s face and said she was never going to fly with us again.