Overbooking flights is the least of the problems that you (or I) have with the Airlines. Frankly, flying just sucks all around now.
How many seats can we cram in? How many more rows can we stuff them into? How small can we make the bathroom. Just how bad can the food get? What else can we possibly do to charge these slimy people we call customers? How much more miserable can we make them???
It's why I don't fly that much anymore. I'm talking maybe one flight every ten years now. If I can drive it -- I will. It's the reason I bought a really really nice fucking car.
Let's see -- be at the airport 2-3 hours BEFORE the flight. I remember showing up half and hour before the flight and it was no problem. That was then. This is now. It takes another hour to get to the airport (my problem, but now theirs). Sometimes two hours if traffic is shit like it is during the holidays. Plus flight time to get where ever I'm trying to go. Plus another hour or two at the other end to get to the final destination after getting a car, etc. Add it all up...it's almost 10-12 hours to get somewhere within 5 hours of flight. I can drive that in a couple of days -- and here's the thing ... be much more RELAXED when I arrive. Did I mention the nice fuckin' car? LOTS of room. I can get out and walk around any time I want. I pick the washroom I want to use. They're huge.
Thank god I don't need to travel for business. Suckers.
I wish I could drive to Hawaii. That flight sucks...
I remember going to the movies. Then the seats started getting smaller and smaller. Cram more people in. Just like the airlines. I stopped going there too. Except one recent movie trip -- and I was blown away. HUGE electric reclining seats. Almost as good as the ones in my home built theatre. I may just go back again.
Funny -- if the airlines would charge me TWICE as much, and cut the bullshit charges along the way. Remove half the rows (or more now) and give me a nice big lav -- perhaps the entire tail section would be nice. You know, make it like it was in the 60's and 70's ... or better. I just might consider flying a whole hell of a lot more than I do now (which is never).
Oh, and fuck United. I am a Delta share holder. LOL