Turns out kings don’t fly private. They fly commercial. At least, that’s what the king of the Netherlands has been doing for the past 21 years.

King Willem-Alexander said in an interview recently that he puts on a pilot’s uniform and gets behind the ‘wheel’ of a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines commercial plane. He does this about twice a month. King Willem-Alexander says that he hardly gets recognized, though he doesn’t say his name when addressing the passengers.

The guy just likes to have a hobby. In the interview he explained that:

“For me the most important thing is that I have a hobby for which I need to concentrate completely. You have an airplane, passengers and a crew. You carry responsibility for that. You cannot take your problems from the ground with you in the sky. You can for a brief moment disconnect and concentrate on something else. That is the biggest relaxation of flying to me.”

Via NY Times


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