The switch from seatback monitors to personal devices is just one reason airline profits are at record highs. This uptick in bottom lines has also been fueled by a massive cut-back in many amenities that used to be standard fare on local and regional flights, like snacks, meals, beverages, and even blankets and pillows. Most airlines now expect an extra fee for some or all of these. They may also levy a charge for certain, selective seats, in addition to first and business class, and luggage, even if you have only one bag. While in Europe we bought some family gifts, and to make room in our suitcases on our return trip, we shifted our dirty laundry to a small nylon bag. For this extra baggage, we were assessed an additional $100! Ridiculous. Flying is no longer a luxury and now reminds me of my Trailways bus excursions when I was an Army private traveling to and from home. Sexy and sophisticated it wasn't.