ShyFlyer is correct.
If the handwriting is on the wall and it is a foregone conclusion and everyone knows it, then flying on USAirways will NOT be a pleasant experience. You will see everything from sadness to depression to anger and in some cases, denial. A lot of emotion.
With that said, these people are professionals. They will not compromise safety for sour grapes. They will do their FAA standard safety protocols plus those in place by the airline; those are common practice and have been used for some time. I do agree that a lot of things will start to go missing (souvenirs), and we will be able to buy them on eBay, but do not be concerned about your safety.
Your comfort and service, well, that may be another matter. Again, we are talking about aircraft safety and noone will compromise that. Ever.
David L. Lamb, fmr Area Mgr Alitalia SFO 1998-2002, fmr Regional Analyst SFO-UAL 1992-1998