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  • My sympathies on your unfortunate experience. I suspect that to get from Lisbon to Chicago you probably didn't have a large selection of airlines on which to book. The major U.S. airlines have all been in and out of bankruptcy in recent years and have "solved" their problems in two ways:

    1. Major attacks on the wages, pensions and working conditions of their employees from top (the pilots) to the bottom (gate personnel).
    2. Fine-tuning of their ticket sales algorithms to ensure very high seat occupancy rations.

    In addition, as they've faced competition on both price and quality of service from domestic airlines such as Southwest and Jet Blue, they've shifted their larger aircraft to international travel. But there their service quality is inferior to airlines such as Emirates, Virgin and Singapore.

    When I was young, I used to fantasize about the time in my life when I'd be able to afford spur-of-the-moment air travel to visit friends in distant lands. I can (somewhat) afford that now, but the experience of air travel has gotten so much more unpleasant in recent years that I only fly when YAPC is too far away to drive.