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Silly Vote of the Week: Flying cars or jetpacks?

By Robert Niles
Published: May 23, 2008 at 11:42 AM
We've had a huge amount of really great stuff from several attraction openings over the past week. (Thanks again to Anthony and Russell for their help!) So I decided to take a little breather with a silly and somewhat off-the-wall question for this week's vote.

Mind you, this one inspired a raging debate in the Niles family car on the way home from school the other day. So I think people will have something to say about this one.

And if you really need the theme park tie-in, just imagine which one you'd rather ride in a theme park attraction. So, here goes:

Support your choice -- flying cars vs. jetpacks -- in the comments, please.

Readers' Opinions

From Dan Rosenberg on May 23, 2008 at 11:54 AM
Not only would a flying car be more fun to use, but it's also alot safer.
From Robert Niles on May 23, 2008 at 12:07 PM
I don't know about that. A crash in a flying car would be nasty. With a jetpack, if you get in trouble, pop a chute and drop the pack. Easy. Plus, there's a lot more freedom with the jetpack.
From Dan Rosenberg on May 23, 2008 at 12:11 PM
Well, in a jet pack you are more exposed and who knows, the parachute might not work=)
From Amanda Jenkins on May 23, 2008 at 12:15 PM
Well of course you could have both. Riding in a flying car and have a jet pack for those emergency "sky" side breakdowns. But after watching the Jetsons as a kid, who doesn't want that lifestyle? It's amazing how when you think about it, but nothing new has been invented, just the old models improved upon. Thank goodness we have theme parks to give sparks to our what ifs.
From Bradley Robertson on May 23, 2008 at 12:29 PM
Definitely Flying Car. I remember reading a book in elementary school in the mid 80's showcasing a timeline of cars. For 2000 and beyond it had some cool concept art for flying cars. I remember as we got closer and closer to 2000 I kept wonder when we would see their debut.
From rick stevens on May 23, 2008 at 1:04 PM
I would love a flying car. It seems to me that we were to have them by now. I think the jetpacks would appeal to the same people that prefer motorcycles. Maybe load up your flying RV for a vacation.
From James Rao on May 23, 2008 at 3:49 PM
For my bunch the flying Toyota Sienna is the way to go. Maybe when the kids grow up and move out, I can get the Ferrari jet pack to impress the ladies!

Are the ladies impressed by old, married men with receding hairlines and Ferrari jet packs?

However, I'd settle for a road car with a Mr. Fusion that travels in time and runs on banana peels.

From Robert Niles on May 23, 2008 at 7:06 PM
Yeah, then Exxon/Chiquita would jack the price of bananas to $150 a pound. ;-)
From Manny Barron on May 23, 2008 at 7:40 PM
Being a huge Back to the Future fan, a flying car is the easy choice for me.
From Bruce Lane on May 23, 2008 at 9:48 PM
Then again, let's not be completely pessimistic. There have been rumblings, in the circles of quantum physics, about being able to manipulate the Casimir Effect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casimir_effect).

If a practical way CAN be found to do such manipulations, it could mean a great deal more than just flying cars and personal flight packs.

My guess: No more than another two centuries, assuming we don't wipe ourselves and the planet out in the interim. See you in the next lifetime! ;-)

From Brandon Mendoza on May 24, 2008 at 12:01 AM
When I was younger, I was all for flying cars. As I grew up and continued to drive throughout the years, I don't want people driving around in the air. People can't drive on the ground, so what makes anyone think that flying cars for the general public is a good idea?

Sorry for being such a "Debbie Downer", but I can't stand irresponsible drivers, tailgaters, rubberneckers, non-turn signalers, etc.

At least Jetpacks would be great in the same way that... almost like motorcycles in the air. Sure, you can still hurt yourself, or others, but it's less likely. And just like motorcycles, I'd like to see less people qualified to fly.

A flying car is a disaster waiting to happen. Small fender benders happen all the time on the streets... and people have been known to crash their car into people's houses and backyards. The last thing I want to see if someone's car falling from the sky due to bad maintenance through someone's roof.

I still think the focus in cars should be making them more efficient rather than something like flight. I just wish America wasn't so obsessed with driving lifted trucks, "ricing" out their cars to get their Honda Civic two more horsepower, and just plain driving fast.

Maybe an Iron-Man-ish suit would be better? Well, at least for the military/ law enforcement. And from what I've seen and read, it's been in development for decades.

From Anthony Murphy on May 24, 2008 at 9:57 PM
I am in Disney World right now and I want my flying car Mr. Disney!
From Larry Zimmerman on May 25, 2008 at 6:43 PM
Jetpacks. Especially after seeing Iron Man.

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