I was lucky enough to sit behind the Captain on a CX
747 fro a night landing a month before the old airport closed in HKG
so I can't complain about the new regs keeping me out these days.
What is very sad, however, is the fact that the kids can't go "up front" during a flight anymore. QF
was especially good about this before 9/11 and I got as much joy watching their faces as they returned to their seats as I would have if I had been invited to the flight deck.