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Air Travel Going to the Dogs

When Herb Kellerman, founder of Southwest Airlines, was asked just how he intended to compete with the giants of the airline industry, American, United and Delta, he replied, "They're not my competition, Greyhound is."

And now the whole sordid Larry Craig incident at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport has born out the truth of those prophetic words and the squalor that has become air travel.

In addition to strip searches, overflowing toilets during 10 hour delays on the tarmac, and Army surplus MREs for inflight meals, airports now have a touch of that special charm of a downtown bus terminal, giving whole new meanings to some of those classic airline marketing slogans:

Fly the Friendly Skies (United)
You and I Were Meant to Fly (Air Canada)
Top Banana in the West (Hughes)
We Really Move Our Tail for You (Continental)
Something Special in the Air (American)
When You've Got It, Flaunt It (Braniff)
Fly Me (National)

Not that there's anything wrong with that.



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