August 20th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: When flying was a thrill

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene. 

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene says Christopher Lynch's book, "When Hollywood Landed at Chicago's Midway Airport," reminds us of the days of old when flying commercial airliners was an enjoyable experience shared by the average ticket-holder and celebrities.

[0:23] "Flying these days - jammed-to-the-groaning point cabins; torture-rack legroom; the fees for everything from checking your bags to being handed a paltry package of food...is too often a dreary, joy-sapping slog. It's difficult to even remember when it was ever any other way."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion.

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