'The airlines have maximized profits by making travel as miserable as possible.' A good article by the NYTimes Gail Collins, highlights all too well the almost calculated misery of flying 'Con Air' today.
Having been on thirty odd flights this year alone, I am in no hurry to board a plane and experience the penny pinching, knee crushing, time suck fiasco that is airline travel.
It's now so out of control, it's just deeply farcical (Google 'Cheap Flights Song - Fascinating Aida') and has been for many years. This year alone I have seen crazy charges for checked luggage, different weight allowances (and charges) for each step of my international flights, charges for pillows and on it goes. We'll skip the credit card processing, seat picking, food, drink, parking and fuel surcharges for now. To put it into perspective airlines made $26 billion in profit last year, and nearly $4 billion in baggage fees.
Now if they just changed their names to say 'Misery Airlines', 'Stingy Airways' or even better, 'Con Air', at least you couldn't then fault them.http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/opinion/memorial-day-weekend-ranting.html?_r=0