It’s time for an Uber of the skies

Airbnb changed the hotel industry. Uber changed ground transportation. So why can’t the same change happen for air travel?
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Let’s bring back good travel manners in 2014

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When did travelers lose their manners?

When did they stop saying “please” and “thank you,” start filling the entire overhead bin with their carry-on luggage and stop bathing?

The trendsetting airline industry, which has become the poster child for impoliteness in travel, wants you to believe it doesn’t matter. It claims fares are low — an average $283 ticket price in 2012, which is roughly the same as 2001 after adjusting for inflation. It points to its almost-flawless safety record. Who cares that no one treats each other well?

But as 2013 draws to a close, you know something is wrong — very wrong — with the way we travel. Expedia’s Airplane Etiquette Study, released this month, exposes the many ways we’re annoyed. Topping the list: negligent parents, seat kickers and smelly seatmates.
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What happened to the great American road trip?

It happened just after sunrise a few weeks ago, as we navigated a narrow two-lane highway between Santa Fe and Santa Rosa, N.M., in our family sedan.
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