The Friendly Skies… Bleh

I got back Friday night from a two week stay in Santa Rosa, CA business trip.  I find that the older I get the more I really loathe air travel.  It used to be fun when I was young.  But then again, back then flying was a very different experience.
Think about it… in the late 70’s and early 80’s hardly anyone flew.  Seriously.  The only people who flew were business men, military personnel and their families and the rich.  The airplanes were hardly full (unless you went on an international flight.)
Going through security was a total breeze.  Things always got through the machines in your bags and purses.  You didn’t have to take everything under the sun off of your body or out of your bags.  You got to keep your coats, sweaters, hats and shoes on.  You didn’t have to take out lap tops (but then, we didn’t have them back then), you didn’t have to get rid of tweezers and other items or pull shit out in plastic bags and that last one irks me to no end.  Now we even have the “size” limits on toiletries which irks me even more.  Today going through security takes 5 times longer and yet only ticketed travelers get to go through.  Back in the day, loved ones could go to the gates with you or wait for you there.