A long time ago, in the distant past of the 1990s, before sad à la carte fruit and cheese plates and $11 spinach wraps for purchase became the culinary rule of the American skies, airlines served hot meals even to the huddled masses seated in coach on long domestic flights. The meals weren’t anything to write home about, but in light of recent trends to weasel money from airline passengers for everything from checked bags to extra legroom to the right to use the overhead compartment, “free” meals feel like a goddamn luxury and affirmation of human decency. But perhaps this downward spiral of the air travel experience could be reversed and our hope could be renewed, because for the[…]