"You didn't have a terrible trip, you had the best trip ever, because you're alive. Why do we really go to travel anyway? To go from point A to point B and not die. I mean, I'm always reminded — and I travel over 400,000 miles a year, those are real miles. I'm reminded every time I get in this aluminum cylinder how amazing this experience is."
Key question buried in there: "Why do we really go to travel anyway?" I agree it's amazing that planes consistently get people from point A to point B without killing them, but it's not like I'm going to die if I don't get from point A to point B, so not killing me can't be the standard.
What Peter Greenberg is talking about is how the airlines have succeeded as a business by keeping the prices super low and sacrificing just about everything else but safe transportation. He specializes in helping people understand the airlines schemes so we can take the best advantage of them.
But many people — not just me, look at the comments at the link — conclude that it's best not to fly at all. And, really, what's the problem? The planes are full. The airlines are making record profits. People who choose to fly get low fares (and can pay more and get into the higher class section).
So what if a lot of people, like me, say no to flying whenever we can? That's a good thing, right? We're reducing our carbon footprint. Isn't that still something we're supposed to be trying to do? I don't know, because I haven't heard much about that at all lately. Not during the election season anyway.