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Wanna bet that less leg room has caused me to quit flying? I don't even consider it anymore. It was bad enough in the days when the skies were friendly. Times have changed and not for the better. I remember a day when passengers were treated extremely well by both the airline industry and also you were treated right by the health care industry. Now, both are just interested in money. And do you still giggle a bit at the thought of getting a free glass for filling up your gas tank or some stamps?
Biggest complaint for me is people abusing carry on policy. I see some fliers with more then 2 bags and with bags much bigger then allowed. I think even some fliers purposely try to carry on over sized bags to get then gate checked for free.
Yeah, I've given up on flying. I stay in touch with family with FaceTime on my iPad now. And I've decided to get a dog. Didn't get one before, because I wanted the freedom to travel. Bah...who needs that kind of stress on a vacation? I'll be much happier taking the dog to local parks.
My biggest complaint about flying is the TSA. I continue to get frisked, apparently because the machine can't see through denim that fits fairly tightly around my legs? And you have to be at the airport two hours early because you have no idea how long the lines are. Otherwise airline travel is an economical, if not entirely comfortable way to move around the country.
The joke is that airlines still don't know how to load a plane. After your 1st class, frequent flyers, children and special needs, START AT THE BACK OF THE PLANE AND MOVE FORWARD!
I am six ft three inches. Took my last plane ride three years ago. I can't sit in those seats. Drove to Florida and back last month. Took Amtrak last week. Maybe not enough people will quit flying to make a difference to the airlines but some people will find another way.
I really think that the airline industry analysts are misleading themselves when they state that no matter how miserable the experience is, people will still fly. I know that for myself, in my travel plans, I have decided not to go to certain destinations if it requires flying. The experience from the departure airport to the arrival airport has become mostly a large negative. Yuck!
I used to look forward to the plane ride as the start of my vacation, now my vacation doesn't begin until I have deplaned at my destination and have my luggage.
"Biggest complaint for me is people abusing carry on policy. I see some fliers with more then 2 bags and with bags much bigger then allowed." What makes no sense to me is when they do it on Southwest. I fly Southwest all the time, which doesn't charge for bags, and yet most of the passengers still bring everything including the kitchen sink onboard. It drives me nuts! Deplaning takes way more time while they try to remove all their bags. I never bring more than my purse OR briefcase (not both) on board. Chicago is the only airport I've waited more than 10-15 minutes for my baggage at the carousel, and we've never had a bag lost or damaged (and we're pretty frequent flyers - up to 2 trips a month).
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