Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
You're in a seat tighter than Robert Mueller's lips.
The plane has taken off.
Suddenly, a sweet aroma wafts into your nose.
It's sweet, but it hurts.
Because it comes from the First Class meals being gently heated in the front galley.
And you're sitting in Economy Class.
Don't you at least wonder what the plump and posh are being served?
Wouldn't you love to get a feel of their crockery laden, perhaps, with a little foie gras and a perfect filet mignon? (Yes, you're dreaming by now.)
Well, if you're flying Air France, all you have to do is attract the attention of your Flight Attendant and say: "S'il vous plait, monsieur. Puis-je avoir cela, aussi?"
(Apologies to all French-speakers. Mine is rusty. Apology to English-only speakers, that was my attempt at translating "Please, sir. Can I have that as well?", while feeling the pain of Oliver Twist.)
As Skift.com reports, if you're flying from the U.S. to La Belle France -- or at least on La Belle Air France -- you can pay $25, or give up 8,500 of your precious air miles in order to get a First Class meal.
I find the idea borders on the delightful. What sort of food can you get at the airport for $25? A painful burger, fries and 1,500-calories dessert, perhaps.
I must, though, emphasize that you won't get exactly the same meal as in First.
That would surely make the plump and posh go all Marie Antoinette on those in Economy.
Instead, Air France promises this will be a meal of similar quality.
This might include, oh, duck foie gras, lamb stew and camembert.
As for dessert, how about chocolate Paris-Brest, which famed (in America) French chef Jacques Pepin calls an essential?
Air France isn't alone in trying this remarkably intelligent idea.
Austrian Airlines, Swissair and even, God Save The Queen, British Airways is attempting to toss the plebs a little luxury.
It's a little like Burberry offering just a scarf, isn't it?
Oddly, the idea doesn't seem like a rip-roaring success as yet.
Personally, I hope it is.
If only so that Economy Class can smell a little better than it sometimes does after a long flight.