If you haven’t seen Gabriel Leigh’s short documentary on frequent flying yet, it’s an absolute must. Though “Frequent Flyer” was shot in 2009, the obsession still hasn’t changed.
The 20-minute documentary talks about the issues of elite status, mileage running and even includes an interview that involves a flight halfway around the world just to talk to renowned writer Pico Iyer. (Iyer is best known for his travel pieces in Bloomberg Businessweek and TIME; arguably, his most poignant piece was in a little magazine called the Shambala Sun. It’s sort of the ultimate—pardon my language—jizz piece over the joy of traveling.)
Leigh eventually plans to release a feature-length film based on the short, though it’s pretty unclear when that’s going to happen. Either way, the video presents an interesting take on the world of mileage running — and as someone who does just enough travel to slightly identify with these crazy folks, it’s a point for self-reflection and a tad disturbing all at the same time.
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