>People always ask me: If Air Canada loses your luggage so much, why do you even fly with them? My answer is simple: On-air entertainment. Sure westjet has the TVs on the back of the seats as well, but they use satelitte and you are a slave to their programming. Not with Air Canada, it works just like my buddy TIVO in the sense that it has about a dozen movies to choose from and even more TV shows are you whim to watch, pause, rewind and fast forward. Sot his is why no matter how many times they lose, misplace, forget my luggage I will always go back to them, because to me TV is way more important than a tux 24hours before the wedding.

This past weekend I took 4 different flights and 3 out of the 4 of them had the personal entertainment system while one of them still had the “everyone must watch the same thing” entertainment set up.

My first flight was from Calgary to Toronto. This was the flight where we all had to watch the same thing, which sucked because it was a nearly 4 hour flight and I could have watch 2 whole movies. God, my life sucks sometimes. Anyway, the movie they showed was called Next. And let me tell you, I love movies and I can remember release dates like no ones business, but I honestly could not even remember this movie or who was in it until I looked it up. But it ended up being that awful magician/clairvoyant movie with Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel and my arch nemisis Nicholas Cage.

Has anyone seen this movie? Sweet jesus it is awful. Not even joking, it’s so bad, I actually laughed out loud several times and not for good reasons. I mean look at the above picture, don’t you just want to punch someone in the throat based on that picture alone? I considered asking for a refund but realized that air canada doesn’t even help when they lose your bags, I doubt they offer a “Nicholas Cage’s wig is so bad, I wish I had died” discount. They should though.

The second flight was from Toronto to Halifax. And Hallelujuah they had the personal TVs on the back of the seats. The flight was quick so I quickly perused the selections of movies from which I could choose. Spiderman 3 (seen it), Shrek 3 (seen it), X-Men 2 (not 3, but 2! what?) and Fracture starring Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins. This was a great selection because I would never rent it for fear of my self diagnosed A.D.D and it’s inability to make it through courtroom dramas.

The movie started off great and I was really into it. The only problem being that it was 2 hours long and my flight allowed for only 45 minutes of viewing time. Stupid Halifax and it’s proximity to Toronto. The conclusion of Fracture would have to wait.

The third flight was a couple of days later. Halifax to Montreal. To bad it was even shorter than the flight from Toronto. I rushed to my seat and settled in for the conclusion of Fracture. I was so close to the end, within minutes, when the Captain decided to turn it off early for fear of turbulance. Stupid air pockets. With only 5 minutes left of Fracture I would have to wait another 2.5 days to finish it.

And finish it I did. My flight from Montreal to Calgary was a glorious 4.5 hours which was more than enough time to finish Fracture. Unfortunately, since I’m saving Firehouse Dog for a Friday night, there were no more movies I wanted to see, so to the TV section. While eating my microwaved pizza and BBQ Ruffled chips, I got to enjoy the 1st episode of Heroes as well as the premiere of the Vince and the rest his Entourage. I also watched the 2nd episode of How I Met Your Mother and a great episode of Planet Earth. And what would a flight be without an episode of La Job. The Quebec version of The Office.

By the time I landed I was completly wiped of TV and just wanted to go to bed. Of course we all know that would all change the second I walked in my door…..

Mike Morrison


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