I don't disagree that pilots at a major airline should be paid well. However, I believe they should be paid well based on the amount of training required for the job, and the fact that they are supposed to be neat and sharp, as well as handing aircraft worth millions of dollars. However, as far as not seeing your family at Christmas, which is hard to deal with, pilots are not the only employee group at an airline that has to deal with this. Flight attendants are very underpaid in my opinion, they sit on reserve a lot of times, have the same pains about being away from home as pilots do, and have to know the ins and outs of safety on MULTIPLE aircraft. I agree that the pilots job deservers more money, but with some FAs making below poverty level, I believe the disparity here is too great. It does show however, that each employee group has a very narrow focus, themselves. I am not knocking anyone, I just have an opinion. I hope the pilots get what they deserve, that the other employee groups get what they deserve, and that the airlines as a whole continue to flourish.
I sure wish that I could afford a modest house, a late model Honda Accord (I still aspire to one of those), and to rent an airplane every now and then... You have it better than lots of people.
A woman drove me to drink and I didn't have the decency to thank her. - W.C. Fields