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17 ways flying has changed over the last decade

INSIDER Logo By Sophie-Claire Hoeller of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 18: 
  
    Air
    travel today is cheaper, safer, and faster than it has ever
    been.
  
  However, more people than ever are flying, and planes
  are being filled to capacity, with smaller seats and less
  legroom.
  
  
    A decade ago, e-tickets and self-service check-in
    kiosks existed, but weren't nearly as prevalent as they are
    today.
  
  Premium economy, a whole new seating class, has cropped up.
  Some travel experts predict that it could replace first and
  business class in the future.
  
  Today, in-flight entertainment programs are the best they've
  ever been, and Wi-Fi is becoming more widely available and less
  expensive.
  
  
    
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    Insider's homepage for more
    stories
    
    .
  

  Between the stringent security, long lines, packed-to-capacity
  planes, bland
  meals, and 
  extra fees, flying can be stressful. 

  However, 
  flying today is cheaper, safer, and faster than it has ever
  been.

  While we are far from the 
  golden age of aviation, where martinis were shaken and ham
  was carved by your seat, air travel has gone through immense
  changes not only since then, but in the last 10 years as well.

  Keep scrolling to see how flying has changed in the last decade -
  for better and for worse.

  • Air travel today is cheaper, safer, and faster than it has ever been.
  • However, more people than ever are flying, and planes are being filled to capacity, with smaller seats and less legroom.
  • A decade ago, e-tickets and self-service check-in kiosks existed, but weren't nearly as prevalent as they are today.
  • Premium economy, a whole new seating class, has cropped up. Some travel experts predict that it could replace first and business class in the future.
  • Today, in-flight entertainment programs are the best they've ever been, and Wi-Fi is becoming more widely available and less expensive.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories .

Between the stringent security, long lines, packed-to-capacity planes, bland meals, and extra fees, flying can be stressful.

However, flying today is cheaper, safer, and faster than it has ever been.

While we are far from the golden age of aviation, where martinis were shaken and ham was carved by your seat, air travel has gone through immense changes not only since then, but in the last 10 years as well.

Keep scrolling to see how flying has changed in the last decade - for better and for worse.

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