Just when you thought airlines couldn’t make family travel any more unpleasant, here’s this little doozy of a news item. Yes, more nickel-and-diming for every little service they provide. Happy holidays, from your major air carriers!

Pardon the sarcasm, but honestly, aren’t you as fed up as I am with air travel lately? The fare prices that change every few hours, and vary from Web site to Web site? The ridiculous rules? The possibility that your plane could sit on the runway for several hours, for no reason? The attitude? The fees? The hit-or-miss security? (my brother-in-law once waltzed through with two pair of scissors in his carry-on, while I once had to throw away an unopened can of soda and be subjected a body search while my kids ran off).

I’m sorry to whine, travelingmoms, but I’m just so sick of it.

I find Southwest Airlines to be a breath of fresh air, but they fly out an airport that’s an hour away (I live 10 minutes from O’Hare). I’ve heard Jet Blue is pretty good, but we don’t see much of them here in Chicago … does anyone know of an airline that will restore my faith in this mode of transportation? Because honestly, I’m about ready to buy 4 Amtrak tickets from Chicago to Phoenix for my family’s holiday gathering. If only I could add six days of travel time onto my trip!

Perhaps the bigger question is, what should I, as a frustrated airline customer, do? Write to the airline CEOs? Write my congressmen? Start my own damn airline? (I think that’s what I’ll name it, My Own Damn Airline, or MODA).

It felt good to vent. Thanks for listening. And now I’m going to search the Web, yet again, to see what the prices are this hour.