Re: speaking as an airline customer
"Go back to the 50's where air travel was a luxury?" Oh yes, please. I miss the actual meals served on china with real silverware. The legroom and seats as wide as the human body.
But mainly I resent the loss of time. My last "direct" flight from Nashville, TN to Fort Myers, FL took me to Baltimore. I think that more than doubled the actual distance. One from St Louis, MO to Portland, OR took me to San Diego, CA (on the Mexican border, far southwestern corner of the country) before heading up to Portland in the far northwest.
Or maybe I just shouldn't let my wife book the flights.