Time was when flying was glamorous, even in coach class.
You could arrive at the airport half an hour before your flight, check your bags and board at a leisurely pace. Coach seats were wide and comfortable, and chances were that the seat next to you would be free to put your newspaper.
But those days are all past. Passenger load factor -- which represents the number of empty seats per flight -- has risen 27 percent: from 65 percent in 1994 to 82.8 percent in 2012, according to airlines.org -- the highest load factor since 1945. The high average means a lot of flights are operating at 100-percent capacity. Good for the airlines. Not so good for the passengers and flight attendants.