I like experiencing other places, but hate getting there.
Unfortunately, we have to do the Toronto-Vancouver thing several times a year. Sometimes it's not so bad (as in our most recent trip), but sometimes...well, like last fall when an unusual snowfall in Vancouver gummed up the works and we sat on the plane, not quite yet on the runway, for four hours before taking off. With my touch of claustrophobia, that wasn't fun.
This is probably heresy, but in a way it would be better if carry-on luggage werent' allowed at all. The delay in boarding and "de-planeing" (a stupid word made up by the airline industry) because people are generally ever so slow in stuffing their over-sized bags into the overhead bins is really annoying.
As for the reclining seats - well, yeah, that's annoying, but - as long as seats do recline you can't really fault people for taking advantage of it. The airlines have just crammed too many seats into too small an area (and that's a purely economic issue, so I doubt we'll see improvement there).
The only real solution is for scientists to find a way for us to beam ourselves from place to place as in Star Trek - THEN I'd like to travel!
"It's too late in the world for flags."
- The Sand Pebbles, 1966