What Has Happened to Air Travel?

What Has Happened to Air Travel?

It's an increasingly common sight—a passenger is forcibly removed from an aircraft before take-off a dozen passengers are capturing it on their cell phones.

Now Alec Baldwin explaining his expulsion from an American Airlines flight is turning the tables on the airlines.

He writes in huffingtonpost.com: "The level of service on U.S. carriers has deteriorated. Filthy planes, barely edible meals, cuts in jet service."

He claims rude and aggressive flight attendants, "Walk the aisles of an airplane with a whistle around their neck and a clipboard in their hands."

It's not just bluster. He's tapping into a sentiment travelers can relate to. Flying just isn't fun any more.

INSIDE EDITION's Paul Boyd spoke to Veda Shook of the Association of Flight Attendants.

Boyd said, "Say what you will about Alec Baldwin, he seems to have tapped into a public sentiment that fllying has become a dreaded, awful experience for many people." 

Shook said, "My view as a flight attendant is, once you're actually on the airplane, it's an oasis. That's where you can finally have the freedom from all the noise, all the hub-bub of really the outside world. That would include, from right when we shut the aircraft door, to make sure that all those electronic portable devices are turned off."

It seems that post-9/11 you can be thrown off a flight for almost any infraction of the rules.

One woman was thrown off because he pet cat got loose.

One woman was reportedly drunk, but she was also heard complaining about baggage fees.

A college student was told to get off because she was coughing too much.

A mom was thrown off because her five-year-old daughter was throwing a hissy-fit before take off.

The mother told INSIDE EDITION, "I said, 'Are you serious?' And she said, 'Yes. You need to get off the plane now.' "

In one famous incident, a flight attendant threatened to throw a pretty college co-ed off a plane for dressing too sexy.

And a college football star was thrown off a flight because his sweatpants sagged, exposing his shorts.

Alec Baldwin's obnoxious behavior aside, does he have a point? Do flight attendants have too much power?

Boyd asked Shook, "What do you say to people who believe that some flight attendants have become just too militant. That power has gone to their heads?" 

"We're not police officers. We're first responders. We're there to make sure that passengers have a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable flight," said Shook.