As I left for Washington, D.C. this morning, I couldn't help noticing that United Airlines is going to great lengths to discourage travelers from talking to human beings. Need to check-in? Talk to the Computer Kiosk. Want an upgrade? Ask the Kiosk. Trying to check future flights? Go to the Kiosk. Mark my words, one day soon the Kiosk will start spitting out Pink Slips to "redundant" employees across LAX!