Interesting... Throughout Season 13, usually I've hated the episodes, while everyone else seems to like them. But this time, everyone seems to hate it, and I actually thought it was alright.
The vibe this episode puts off is nice and I thought that quite a few parts of the episode were funny, such as the pilots talking in boring voices and not having much of a reaction to anything. And surprisingly, I didn't find SpongeBob and Patrick annoying in this episode (as far as annoying the audience goes). Sure, Patrick was dumb for the sake of being dumb, but it's not nearly as bad as plenty of other episodes, and I wasn't bothered by it too much.
But there's also a few faults with this episode. Once again, Squidward does nothing to deserve what SpongeBob & Patrick do to him. The worst thing Squidward did was ask if he could switch seats. Is that what deserved all this torment? And the ending was pretty much the exact same as the ending from Nautical Novice, but this time there's not a reason for it. SpongeBob can't have his boating license at the end of Nautical Novice, so it made sense for the crew to retcon the scene of him driving, while in this episode, there's no reason why Squidward has to lose in the end. If Squidward had won in the end, I could see it being a pretty good episode. But as it stands, the ending really just makes the whole episode seem pointless.
I'm split on this one. On the one hand, I think this is the funniest episode of the season so far, while on the other hand, there's a lot of the same problems that other Squidward torture episodes have. Make Squidward a jerk at the start of the episode, and the rest of it is fine. Have Squidward win in the end, and the rest of it is fine. But if Squidward doesn't do anything, he doesn't deserve what he gets.
I'll give it a 6.5 or a 7/10, which I think is pretty fair. The episode did get quite a few laughs out of me (probably the only real laughs I've had this entire season) and as I mentioned before, there are quite a few things I liked. But there's just a few things keeping this episode from being one I can call "Good".
Oh, and this is easily in my top 3 episodes for Season 13. We're off to a pretty rough start.