Flying, once a quirky luxury, has not completed its transition into an unavoidable descent to hell. The experience of flying on commercial airlines grows more excruciatingly painful by the day.
ITEM: "Over the past 15 years, most global carriers have upgraded their business cabins with seats that spread out into flat beds. These are so luxurious that most airlines have ditched first class. To make room for these loungers, airlines have squeezed coach class. First they compressed rows by shaving knee space. Now many are wedging an extra seat into each row."
ITEM: "North Korea defended on Wednesday its recent missile firings as 'ordinary military practice,' as South Korea said Tuesday's volley passed above a Chinese passenger jet's route just minutes ahead of the airliner."
"Maybe a missile strike would get us a little more god damn legroom," joked Jay Leno, before retreating to his private jet.