The aerogangsteros new model-no competition, the ending of frequent flier programs for most ordinary people, sky high airfares, absurd fees, inconvenient schedules, Jeff Smiseks new plastic flying Greyhound, $1 thousand dollar coach fares to Europe all year round, a terrible, terrible experience even on 90 minute flights, fewer toilets, one hour boarding as everyone watches everyone else wrestle with their bags-the embarrassment of America's no choice air travel has all been premised on one thing-that if the gangsteros combine together to strangle competition, the skies will be theirs and they can bleed and discomfit those who must fly at will. With today's WS stock downgrade of the Big Three (which are really the Big ONE as the seat discipline and price fixing is manifest) one wonders: is the American flying public finally "too sickened to fly?" This raises interesting questions: visits to airline websites must be down precipitously as potential customers react with disgust at the high fares/poor service/no ff miles model no firmly in place. How many Americans are getting rid of second homes because of the airgangstas? How many people are becoming comfortable with not flying at all, for many months or even years at a time: how hard will it be to get back the people who loathe and despise the aircarteliers? Some would have up and flown a few years ago for three or four thousand reward miles (now they get almost none-the sociopaths at the airlines won't even count the taxes that make up the airfare). You will notice that almost none of United's weekend fares ever sell out-the fares too high and now, no ff incentive to take weekend seats off the hands of the hedge funds/airlines. Incredible to see the complete silence of Congress and US DOT-the airline mergers are perhaps the biggest screwing of the consumer in American history-they have gifted Wall Street tens of billions of consumer dollars in a third of a billion person nation that has three terrible, terrible airlines whose only concern is their balance sheet for last quarter.