While this is a great technological feat of Boeing, it is wasteful! I can not imagine how many pounds of jet fuel this took, to accomplish. Is that what Boeing wants to communicate to its public? This is not the 1930's, and Boeing is not Howard Hughes, making unnecessary long flights to prove a point.
I live under the glide path of KTEB! I too when in the back yard or in front of the house always look up and marvel at the different aircraft that are landing. I love witness the affluence of our nation, that so many have the means to afford (or maybe not) private aviation alternatives. I also love to see unusual aircraft that sometimes come to KTEB. Not too long ago, a B17, B26, P51 and a P38 (ultra cool!!!)
But that is a different matter, from a hobby of spotting the run of the mill aircraft types which are landing or taking off.
As you said, "different strokes for different folks".
Waiting one day to see a Lockheed Constellation. Probably none left which are still airworthy. But a beautiful example of aeronautical engineering.
That passenger is a SWINE!!!! The carrier should have some liability in this for over serving him. Their liability should be similar to a liquor establishment's liability, when a patron leaves and causes an automobile accident.
Is "plane spotting" as a hobby in the UK, a remnant from WW2? Regardless of the origin of the "hobby", I don't see the point? Listening to ATC, is that a hobby?
What happened to butterflys, stamps, coins, posters, 78 recordings, militaria? With the exception of people who are aviators (not I), What is the point?
The older I get, the less I understand about what motivates some people, to have the interests that they do!