If I read one more article about how awful air travel is today compared to the "golden days of air travel" my head is going to explode. I'm as nostalgic as the next guy, and would pay anything to take one last ride in a Lockheed Constellation, but let's face facts.

Compared to the days of the "Connie" and Douglas DC-7, and even the Boeing 707, when Pan Am and TWA and Eastern ruled the skies, today's air travel is: