Experts: Pack light, keep calm.
While millions head to the nation's airports for Spring Break, experts remind us flying kind of sucks nowadays.
Gone are the lavish days of air travel in the U.S., now we're groped at security, delayed at the gate, packed in like sardines, and don't forget price gouged.
"My recent flight to Europe was about $1,000," says Linda de Sosa at Woodlake Travel. "About $700 of that was fuel surcharges and taxes."
De Sosa tells KTRH News it really pays to pack light.
"Really my philosophy is there's two types of luggage -- carry-on and lost," she says. "So I can go for three weeks in a carry-on."
Jared Blank at Online Travel Review says as more airlines merge together, customer service is lagging.
"Where people seem to struggle is if you call an airline, the hold time can be quite long," says Blank. "If there is a problem, you might find you'll have to wait in a long line to be re-accommodated if your flight is canceled."
Blank says that's why it pays to sign up for an airline credit card.
"If you get their credit card, you get all of those status benefits, you get to cut to the front of the line, they'll answer your phone call, you don't get those baggage fees, all the good stuff," he says.
Both say whatever happens, keep calm. Arguing with an airline employee will only make matters worse.