|Owen Benjamin reads books on his Ideapad|
That wasn't always the case. But since Owen accepted an offer from Southwest Airlines and Lenovo to sponsor his quest to set a record for most airports visited in a month, the stand-up comedian-turned road warrior has a new respect for flight attendants.
For the last 30 days, Owen has been on an airplane all day, every day, flying to every city Southwest serves and a few it doesn't. Or at least that's what the funny man claims.
"Southwest will stop anywhere. I'm like, 'Why are we landing?' They go, 'We're picking up a guy named Mike.' It goes to every city in Texas. Every city. It stops in trailer parks, it goes anywhere."
Thirty days of traveling has given the comedian lots of new material that he's been trying out at the comedy clubs he's visiting as he criss-crosses the country at 38-thousand feet.
|My Lenovo ThinkPad treated me well for more than five years.|
Whether it is the books he's downloaded to his tablet, or the famously cheeky airline - Owen claims he's having fun flying around the country. That's in contrast to the 39 percent of travelers who told the U.S. Travel Association that given the chance, they'd choose some form of transport other than air.
The Funny on the Fly campaign ends today with a ceremony in Raleigh, North Carolina. Then the 31-year old comedian will hop back on a Southwest airplane for Lake Placid, New York to spend the holidays with family.
Has the whole thing been one great big publicity stunt for Southwest, Lenovo and Owen? Sure it has. That's okay, all three of them are on the right track with a message that says, no matter why you're traveling or where you're going, the most important thing to bring with you is your sense of humor.
"It's all about positivity, it's how you view it," Owen told me. Seriously, I think he's got something there. Alec, you listening?