I read an interesting article in the Miami Herald today about how higher fees and packed planes are frustrating passengers as they “travel less-than-friendly skies.”

The story was spurred by Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who walked off the job after giving a public speech, then took a beer with him as he slid down the emergency chute. Apparently, his story resonated with the American public. He has nearly 200,000 fans on Facebook now. He's also facing criminal charges.

The moral of the story is that fewer and fewer enjoy flying. The Miami Herald cited a Department of Transportation (DOT) study that points to just how unhappy air travelers are. The DOT registered 5,757 complaints from consumers in the first half of 2010. That’s up from the 4,355 complaints filed during the year-ago period. That’s an increase of 32 percent even though traffic increased less than 1 percent. Telling.

When you use virtual office technologies, you avoid the flight delays and cancellations. When you work from a virtual office space, you don’t have to worry about lost bags, long ticket lines or security check hassles. When you tap into virtual offices, you can do away with getting stuck on the tarmac, dealing with rude co-travelers and all the rest of the non-sense that goes along with air travel.

So why not use virtual office technologies more and deal with less hassle? Sure, sometimes your business dealings demand face to face interaction. But you can accomplish plenty with a Cisco WebEx web conference. You can also do a lot in your virtual office with video chat, GoToMeeting and other virtual office technologies. You’ll save time. You’ll save money. And you’ll be more productive.

Virtual office technologies won’t try your patience the way rude flight attendants do. Virtual offices won’t charge you an arm and a leg to use them—many of them, like Skype, are absolutely free. And, perhaps the best part, when you work from a virtual office, you don’t have to settle for a bag of peanuts and a small plastic cup of diet coke for lunch.

So far as Slater, I bet if he was working from a virtual office, he wouldn’t have been so overstressed in the first place; stressed enough to abandon ship. Don’t let your stress levels pile up to a Slater-like fury. Start tapping into the power of virtual offices today.

In case you missed it, watch this video on Steven Slater's story: