Speaking of inflation, when Mom
and I moved here to South Florida, no longer could my Grandma (Dad's mom)
drive drive and pick me up for a summer spent in the suburbs of Detroit. So
starting in 1980, I would fly north for the summer. This was before Reagan
fired all the air traffic controllers and the airline industry was still
heavily regulated; because the prices were fixed, the various airlines had
to compete with the only weapon they had left: service.
I remember flights as a kid being not that all unpleasant. Granted, I
was much smaller then so I could easily fit in the seats. And they still
fed us meals. And I remember that between my Mom and grandparents, they
paid around $300 for a round trip ticket.
Adjusted for inflation, $300 1980 dollars equals $708 2005 dollars.
And yes, for $700 dollars you could probably get wonderful
service from the airline industry, unlike the cattle car mentality you get
now (“be grateful you even get water you ingrates!”).
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