Some of the stories I have seen today on this:
- MarketWatch says that "AA's new checked-bag fee could start a trend."
- Here is the New York Times story.
- Here's MSNBC's coverage. Looking at the forums there is worth it, if for nothing else than a blend of people upset and a serious lack of civility in some cases.
- Consistently delayed flights?
- Extremely uncomfortable and small seats?
- Lack of food? Or forget food, even a drink?
- Poor service from the flight attendants?
Some of the comments I have seen in forums are particularly interesting. They range from right out hostility ("I won't fly again") to suggesting people be charged by their weight. Yes, some people actually suggest charging the obese more. Regardless of where you stand in terms of weight issues, the pure viciousness of some commenters towards people who may be a bit heavier is simply atrocious. I only hope that those "thin" people never gain weight because karma has that funny way of coming back to bite you. That did catch my eye.
However, in the end, those who say they will not fly go ahead and fly anyways. I do feel sorry for business people who have to fly for their work. They have no choice (though they may get to fly business class, which is a bit better, though not by much at the rate things are going). But if you are a leisure passenger, I would seriously consider simply not flying. One of the commenters I saw mentioned that with a family of four, it may be cheaper to do the drive, even with the 3+ dollars a gallon for gas. Now that is not something an airline exec wants to hear. I would think so. Then again, I may be wrong given how airlines as of late pretty much treat passengers like annoyances rather than as reason to be in business. So yes, I am saying a couple more airlines, and I mean the big legacy ones, not the little puddle jumpers, should go out of business. Maybe then they will finally get a clue.
They are not getting me on a plane anytime soon. And if more people got smart, maybe they would not fly either. I would hope most people are not masochists.
And let's not even go on the rude behavior of some passengers. That could be a separate post in itself, but it is certainly yet another reason I avoid flying.
Here is one other thing I saw recently to airlines recently, which may be of interest:
- A CRS report on the U.S. Airline Industry. A hat tip to Docuticker.
Update note (Same day): A sampling of other bloggers:
- The Travel Professor has a nice summary of some of the recent charges airlines have been adding.
- On the other hand, Watching the Parade blog gives us some possible upcoming charges. This one is definitely worth reading.
- The Hiking Viking is a bit more sympathetic to the airlines, blaming the administration for its policies. I agree to an extent. I still think though the airlines are just shooting themselves in the foot.
- The blogger at And yes, I DO take it personally, tells us why he hates to fly. I think we may be on the same page.