Well, I don't know about you but I find it offensive to be told to prepare for the worse. It may be practical, it may be sensible, but it irritates the heck out of me to think that I need to do so.
The airlines continue to cry about being impoverished all the while they cut back on the things that you used to be able to count upon. Food, pillows, blankets and space seem to disappear but the price continues to go up.
I remember when flying used to be fun. It used to be quite enjoyable, but not I see it as having become quite the chore. Something isn't right about this. There has to be a better way to do things. There has to be something that can be done.
Stop telling me that fuel and security have made it what it is. I wasn't the CEO of the airlines that were hijacked and used as flying bombs. It wasn't my responsibility to ensure that my crew and passengers were safe.
It wasn't my responsibility to see that we ran things smartly. It is not my responsibility to see that customer service is more than a pipe dream.
^$*&U^$$#%U&^$U*^$U*& is what I have to say to all that.
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