While I am not a huge fan of airlines and how they treat their passengers in good times, some of the posts in this thread by a few individuals are indicative of young people that did not see what happened to Pan Am, Eastern, Continental, Braniff, etc. The airline industry is in dire straights right now. During profitable times, it is one of the thinnest profit margin businesses out there. In bad times, airlines lose lots of money. In times like this, they are hemorrhaging. If you encourage "hardball" labor tactics, you are going to see a lot of carriers go down. Whether you hold a grudge against airlines or you're pulling your union card out, it does not help anyone if the airline goes down and there are going to be casualties from this. You need to be realistic.
For the reasons you mentioned , I support further consolidation in the industry and maybe even a return to some regulation. Airlines are a required industry and service and the employees should not have to go through this constant boom and bust, nor should the flying public.
If profit margins are that thin even in the best of times, then that means we have TOO much competition (like Agriculture, where farmers are letting their crops rot and going bankrupt).
Face it, the airlines provided much better pay and lifestyles back in the days before deregulation. Lets all return to the golden age. Pay more for your tickets and sit down everyone.
And to Catiii: lets see what tune you sing when they cut a ton more fat off B6's very bloated middle management and support staff. Oh, and transfer all the call centers to the Philippines.