AIRLINES: Does Your Flight Seem Different Lately?

In the cheery world of airline advertising, travelers pass their flight time digging into haute cuisine, watching first-run movies and playing pasha to pampering stewardesses. Lately many air passengers find it tough to square the promotion with the reality. After the financial thumping of 1970, most airlines are vigorously trimming expenses. Besides cutting back on flights and laying off about 10,000 employees, the lines are paring or dropping entirely many of the extras that passengers once took for granted.

By Bread Alone. Since last spring, some carriers have been charging economy-class passengers $2 for...

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