Not AA and not really any specific airline, but... Last time (well, not the last but..) out of Paris to US, "new" terminal, MCD the only food place(?), plastic chairs, of course - no smoking, no drinks - except "pops", of course, etc, etc! When asked, what (the hell!) happened, the (nice) airport girls told that it was, what the "american" customers wanted?? What the XXX? Since then - only Air France and others who use the "old" terminals, leather (instead of plastic) chairs, bars with real food (instead of greasy hamburger), place to smoke a cigar if you so prefer, enjoy a good beer or even a nice whisky, brandy, whatever with your companion, meeting other travelers round the world, etc.
I think that people get what they want! Airlines don't change just for their own fun, they look profits and if most / most profit bringing part of travelers want something, they deliver! So - can't complain, if most want how it is today, so? But - still - even Chicago / O'Hare, nice bars, leather seat, having a drink, a smoke, a book to read when waiting an airplane - it was nice! Except - based on (profitability) studies, most wanted BigMac and their plastic chairs - and that's what we have today!