Yes, it was really like that. No scanners, no TSA. There were baggage fees, but only for overweight checked bag or more than two bags. There was real food in coach class with soft drinks or coffee. You wanted to nap, they gave you a pillow and a blanket. You wanted to read something, they had magazines and not just the bullshit airline magazine.
And all of those amenities, ladies and gentlemen, every single one of them, was at no extra charge, even in coach class. Booze was free in first class. If there was a delay, the cabin crew would give away free drinks.
Nowadays, of course, they nickel-and-dime you to death. Check a bag (except on Southwest), it's $25 or more. They add on fuel surcharges. When the FAA stopped collecting ticket taxes, the airlines cheerfully pocketed them.* And it's not just the airlines piling this shit on nowadays. Banks do it. Hotels do it. (Oh, you really wanted them to clean up the room after the last guest was stabbed to death?) It won't be long before the rental car companies add an "atmospheric fee" for inflating the tires.
All this makes traveling a hassle. Instead of a nice vacation, a trip is a battle over bullshit fees that are added in by every scumbag corporation in the
Of course, such businesses are now run by MBA and financial types, whose main interest is to make the quarterly profit statement. They have no concern for customer satisfaction, just as long as they can get enough sheep through the door for fleecing.
Because of assholes like them, traveling is no fun. Better to stay home and take "one tank trips" or drive to visit friends or relatives.
Fuck the airlines and the MBAs who run them.
* Showing that the argument that "if you cut taxes for business, they will lower prices" is bullshit.