Couldn't have said it better: please follow the link to "What do middle seats and the economy have in common?" by "Gaping Void" blogger John Unger. It's worth the time (he usually is).
I believe that this is the time to cleanse the world of the fat cats who have been taking advantage of consumers for decades. It goes beyond recession, scores of people at these companies will lose their jobs, but eventually this will be a good thing as new companies with new business models and a revived sense of ethics will emerge.
Why, for instance, does the duration of my stay, the day of the week or the country where I live decide on the price of an airline ticket? Does anyone at the train station, the bus company or a taxi driver ask you these questions? Why is it not possible to have a fixed price for a fixed service (transportation from A to B)?
The airline industry is in for a change, big time. Trying to charge people for luggage handling is pathetic and will only cause them to cram more items in the overhead compartments - for which there are rules that no one seems to enforce. Pillow fees? A fee to use the bathroom? If you, like we, live near Newark and are stuck with Continental Airlines to some extent you surely experienced the way in which these people treat even their best customers: it's a bazaar. "Kiosks" that never accomplish what they are supposed to, so you have to wait for assistance anyway. Dirt, unfriendliness, attention devided between three customers... puts them right on my "disposable" list (Continental, meet Verizon). I am sure you have your own examples.
It's all about the 1+1=2 effect: if a company doesn't make sense it WILL fail. Cleansing the world now of these companies will turn around the recession, lead us into a transformed world full of progress, and it will ultimately reemploy the people who are now without a job.
Have a creative day,