It is now so obvious that Wall Street is in the cockpit and the price fixing (seat discipline) and complete devaluation created by the airline cartels (there are no longer any "low cost airlines, except Spirit which, well its quite amazing they are still aloft) has made the airlines public enemy #1 (worse than the banks). You can bet that Congress will step up in 2015 and take action to take the keys away from the aerogangsteros: we cannot have aerial mass transit completely motivated by greed. In a country this large where people must fly, the model has to be along the lines of public utilities. Unless the deal is in and the middle class mostly never fly (forget about the young.) Unless flying is now just for the rich at which point the ENTIRE enterprise should receive no public funds whatsoever, FAA, TSA, port authorities, DOT contracts, etc. Flew twice in the last 24 hours and noticed 30 empty seats on 737 (including non revs). Now that United has basically ended the FF program for a large swath of its members, it will be ugly I bet a couple of months from now.