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6 Ways Air Travel Is Getting Worse

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At LAX | Photo by RuggyBearLA via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr


At LAX | Photo by RuggyBearLA via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
With it being the tail end of a holiday weekend, there's no better time to look at air travel. Mother Jones last week looked at how things seem to be getting worse, which may have some hoping for a high speed rail network sooner than later (but what headaches could that bring?).

Of note is reason #1, fees: "Consumer Reports recently found that airlines collected $7.8 billion in 2009 in additional fees, a 42 percent increase from 2008."

And also #4, space: "Americans are larger than they used to be, but legroom in airplanes is shrinking too. Airlines like American are adding seats to planes, meaning less legroom, narrower seats, or both. Why give valuable inches of legroom away when you can charge for it? If airlines are going to charge you for more legroom, it'd be nice if they'd discount seats with less legroom, like those at the very front of the cabin."

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What didn't make the list? How personal or possibly unsafe those new full body scanners, some of which that can be found at LAX, can get.