WASHINGTON - Bag fees, pat downs and long lines. Overall, it seems 2011 was a bad year for airline passengers. But, it seems, there was a bright side.
First of all, this year was a good for flight safety: There were no fatal accidents on domestic, commercial flights. The same holds true in 2010.
There has also been a dramatic decline in long tarmac delays. The days when planes sat on the ground for hours and hours and hours are pretty much gone -- the result of new federal regulations.
Some other pluses for flyers -- detailed weather reports are now as close as your phone, making it easier to keep up with potential problems.
And, if a storm does interfere with your travel plans, the good news is airlines are now more likely to waive change fees.
A few carriers also warrant thanks for giving us a bit more legroom in 2011.
And finally, we can all be grateful that no one went along with a proposal to pay-as-you-go in airplane restrooms.
WTOP's Paula Wolfson contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.
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