Already, I know which airline I plan to avoid for my flight across the pond to London: US Air. I just learned that, as of 1 August, US Air is instituting a $2 charge for all drinks on all domestic flights — another way to nickle and dime their passengers to death, apparently.
No, this won’t affect me because I will be traveling on an international flight and no, I am not talking about alcoholic beverages, which already cost $7 or more, I am talking about non-alcoholic beverages; juices, soda, coffee and bottled water! Worse, since we cannot carry liquids through security, we are totally at the mercy of US Air. This, in addition to all the other costs associated with air travel, such as fees for all checked baggage (I plan to carry on a backpack with some clothes, and briefcase containing my laptop, so I will avoid this charge, whew), inflight food (I plan to carry some snacks with me), as well as fees for choosing your own seat (I can’t get away from this fee: try being crammed into the middle seat when you are six feet tall!), using curbside check-in (not me!), and the privilege of using frequent flier miles.
On one hand, I can appreciate airlines charging for items like food, which passengers can carry onto the plane themselves, or can do without (especially on short flights), but charging for water is downright mean since we cannot bring our own water onto the plane due to security restrictions, and everyone knows that air travel is very dehydrating. And besides, who knows if their plane will be stuck on the tarmac for hours?
Because airlines are filled with mindless conformists, I’ll bet most other airlines will also institute such charges within a month or two, so soon, all travelers on all airlines regardless of where they are going will be held hostage by a variety of petty nickle and dime charges. Oh joy.
Which makes me wonder what else can airlines charge us for? Hrm .. how about pay toilets?? $2 per piss, $5 per dump?