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Up in the air, but for a (higher) price: Flying nightmare for holiday travelers




Passengers check in for their flights at the U.S. Airways counter at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois.
Passengers check in for their flights at the U.S. Airways counter at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois.
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Once upon a time, travelers with children were allowed to board first. Those children were also able to peek inside the cockpit. Since the decline of the great American airline industry, travelers continue to face downgrades – especially this holiday season.

The Air Transport Association expects 23.2 million Americans to fly in the days before and after Thanksgiving, which is down 2 percent from last year. Furthermore, airlines are cutting capacity for available flights while increasing airfare. As airlines continue to struggle financially from labor costs, industry consolidation and skyrocketing jet fuel prices, in-flight amenities become on-board perks.

WEIGH IN:

What changes have you noticed in your travels this holiday season? Is traveling with your family a nightmare? Which airlines are do you prefer? Should airlines be more considerate to their customers?

Guest:

Charlie Leocha, director Consumer Travel Alliance