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Who’d ever want to fly?

Anyone who has flown recently can’t help but notice that flying is no longer pleasant. Gone are the days of pretty young stewardesses, high-class passengers and hassle-free flights. Today’s airlines cater to middle-class slobs, the over-65 crowd and families with screaming children.

Airlines still get plenty of customers, even though they charge for everything now, including window or aisle seats, checked baggage, blankets, earphones, food, drinks, boarding privileges and sometimes even for carry-on luggage. On top of that, every passenger must undergo the hassle of Transportation Security Administration airport screening and pat-downs.

Even then, if you don’t get on the plane first, the overhead bins may be full. And, instead of airlines trying to make it more comfortable for their passengers, they cram more seats into the jet and disallow gadgets so passengers can’t recline their seats.

When the Wright brothers first flew, a relative of mine said, “Those dummies: Who’d ever want to fly?” In today’s world, he may just have been spot-on.

Joan Kopczynski


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