On a recent trip to see my brother, I flew regular not 1st class. (Never Do) I put on my observation hat to see how airline flights have evolved, for the ordinary person, since the good old days of the 60s and 70s. It’s going backwards!
Where are the days when you had comfortable seats with a lot of leg room not only to stretch out but to put your carry-on bag underneath. The person in front of you puts their chair back and it’s touching your knees with your tray.
There’s no longer a mad rush to get a window seat to avoid asking the passengers next to you to stand up, so you can go pee. The days you could get by them is no longer.
Then the meal, if you call it that. I remember being on a flight where the pilot open a bag of peanuts, ate some, and passed the bag down to the passengers. The days are gone, where one could fit all travel on luggage in the overhead bins. I feel sorry for the flight attendants trying to cram everything in so the door could be closed. Hopefully you had nothing delicate in there, because it was totally destroyed.
What about the guy who is still on his cellphone, letting us all know how important he is, saying loudly “we got to close this deal, do what you have to do, but the deal has to come down today.” This conversation continues after the flight attendant announces for all cellphones to be turned off.
Then, what I call, price gouging. 25 dollars per bag. Insane.
How can they do this and get away with it? Airlines know they have our undivided attention. What else are we going to do?
Question: What is the worst thing about flying for you? Any stories?