I get a little tired of seeing people complain about air travel and lamenting how different it is now compared to the 1950s and 1960s. People act as though the problem is that the airlines have reduced quality in order to make lavish profits. But it's the passengers who have led the change, not the airlines. Ever compare the inflation adjusted cost of an airline ticket from the 1950s/1960s to one of today? The 1950s/1960s ticket costs about the same as a first class ticket does today (adjusted for inflation and buying power about four to five times what a modern coach seat costs). In other words, everyone on that bygone plane was paying for and receiving first class accommodations and treatment. If the public had wanted to continue doing that arrangement the airlines would have continued providing it, but we all collectively decided to spend our money elsewhere and the first class cabin shrunk from the entire plane down to just a few rows. If you're not willing to spend money on a first class ticket today, then be quiet, sit down, and enjoy your glorified cross-country bus ride.