I don't know if anybody read the article, but a recent "Airways" Magazine article described one man's more-or-less non-stop RTW experience on Star Alliance. He only stopped overnight on 2 occasions, and seemed to fly the trip in business class. His conclusions on the experience pretty much sum up my feelings... that is, that it is not so much the airlines themselves (with some exceptions) who have ruined the experience, but the airports.
, tighter and more restrictive security is a necessary evil these days, but a lot more can be done by the authorities to make this a more civilised process. Other on-ground functions - customs, baggage service, etc - are fully within the control of airport authorities both private and government, so there is no excuse.
The airlines themselves - especially the so-called "traditional" carriers - are for the most part trying their darndest, I believe. The main exceptions are the new breed of LCC - epitomised by Ryanair. But here, it is up to the travelling public. You cannot have pay next-to-nothing for a trip, and still expect service or even a somehow enjoyable experience. If this is NOT the way we as passengers want the industry to go, the JUST DON"T FLY with these carriers. Simple. These carriers will get the idea very quickly, when their ground staff , pilots and FA
's are all playing cards together in the office, because there are NO PAX to take anywhere!