I came across an interesting writeup called "35 Secrets Your Pilot Won't Tell You". The following sentence appears in it.
“Please don’t complain to me about your lost bags or the rotten service or that the airline did this or that. My retirement was taken to help subsidize your $39 airfare.” -Pilot, South CarolinaCould you please explain the meaning of the sentence "My Retirement was taken to help subsidize your $39 airfare." ? I understand that the passengers are getting their airfare subsidized (reduced) but I am not clear about the meaning of "retirement was taken".