I expected the worst when booking my Christmas holiday flight this year. I haven't had great luck with air travel lately-- my last 1.5 hour flight was delayed by about 3 hours with no explanation. I figured the airport would be a zoo and it was, hundreds of grumbling people squashed into the terminal along with their luggage, smells, body heat, and germs. Mercifully, our flight was less than an hour late and we were beside ourselves with joy.
Think about that. A flight for which you paid a bunch of money and rushed to the airport to catch is "only" an hour late and you feel grateful for this.