Some advice for airlines:
The first thing airlines should do is move the First Class and Business Class sections from the front of the plane to the back.
It's bad enough we of the 99 percent are forced to trudge like cattle with carry-ons to our narrow pens in the Underclass section, but is it really necessary that we be herded past the already-seated flying aristocracy on our way?
Does it serve any purpose that we have to view the pampered gentry in their wide leather recliners with their little pillows and blankies and hovering attendants and private restrooms?
There is only one scenario under which the Underclass passenger does not harbor a seething dislike bordering on hatred of these privileged passengers. And that, of course, would be if he or she has been upgraded.
Airlines also need to do something about check-in lines. As presently constituted, every check-in counter has three lines.
The long line, in which most people stand, usually motionless for extended periods of time.
The "preferred" customer line, which is the HOV lane of lines, and about as smart a use of resources.
And the hutzpah line, which is the line created by the individual who walks directly up to the counter, stands off to the side of the check-in attendant, and demands attention. It is beyond me why this problem persists when there is such an obvious solution — pepper spray.
While most flight attendants are courteous and helpful, there always seems to be one on each flight who has issues with power.
Attendant: "Sir, I need your glass."
Passenger: "Sure, just let me finish this last sip."
Attendant: "Sir, if you don't hand over that glass immediately I will have the pilot turn this plane around and you taken off in handcuffs."
When hiring attendants, perhaps airlines should think twice about applicants whose previous job experience included guard at a maximum security prison.
Turning to the concept of connecting flights, I think the flying public is in unanimous agreement that it should be abolished. Essentially all the practice does is exacerbate the flying hassles detailed above — and that's if you happen to make your connection.
Finally, let me end on a positive note to the airlines: Thank you for no longer serving meals.