As mentioned in my book, "one of the best things about being an airline pilot is that you can live where ever you want. One of the worst things about being an airline pilot is that you could live where ever you want."
That's because of airline passes. I can take a flight to Paris in the evening and be sipping wine on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées by noon the next day all because of passes. Sounds great? The only glitch is they are stand-by only.
So travelling on passes to Cancun, Mexico with a family of five during March break made it a work out. In fact, the first flight (B767-300) only had two seats left. Senior employees took those. We managed to get on the next flight five hours later. Returning home we went through Montreal because of available seats. It's a work out, but when you are basking in the sun with a cocktail in hand, one tends to forget the hassle factor.
That's why commuting was NOT my cup of tea. Most flights are flying full so for contingent passengers it ups the stress factor.
Now I'm back ready to answer questions about aviation.