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Another Reason to Avoid Air Travel

Once upon a time, in my childhood, there was one reason not to fly: cost.   Airline travel was expensive.   But if you could afford it (we took a trip by air to the east coast when I was eleven and one to Colorado to see my cousin graduate from the Air Force Academy when I was eighteen), it was fun and pleasant.  Just considering the actual trip itself, what the airline was responsible for, it was definitely a plus.   Seats were wide enough for real people, with actual leg-room (even a leg rest you could raise and lower) so you could get in and out of the seats without crawling across  laps.   Tray tables had enough room for trays (and enough room for today's laptops, for that matter.)  Snacks and meals were free to coach passengers, as were pillows and blankets.  Checked baggage and carry-on baggage were both carried free, up to a set limit.   

And back then, of course, before the first round of terrorists hijacking airliners, you could count on making your flight as long as you were at the airport before the plane left.   
No security lines.  No semi-disrobing.  You could lock your checked luggage (and thus, could ship valuables in it and needed less carry-on) and you could carry whatever grooming tools you needed in the overnight bag you took on the plane.  You could also bring your own food, if you wanted, though actual cooked meals eaten off real plates with real utensils were sufficient for most of us.  (Sneering at "airline food" came later.)

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