Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Soon There Will Be A Survival Surcharge

I'm sure many have shaken their head in defeated resignation at the news that Jet Blue Airlines has announced that it will charge $7 for pillows and blankets. I know they are "no frills," but is nothing sacred? Apparently not. Upon hearing this news, I had a vision of the future, and it went something like this:
  • The plane is in distress and the cabin pressure is disrupted(happened recently in fact). The oxygen masks have dropped, and coming down the aisle is the friendly flight attendant asking for your $10 to turn on your oxygen flow.

I recently read a comment made by a foreigner on a travel blog, that in essence wondered where our world famous "demanding American nature" had gone, and why were we accepting such treatment? He went on to say that this is not the experience of travelers abroad. I got curious, as usual, and did a little snooping around, and turns out that in fact we do seem to be suffering mightily in comparison, and perhaps unnecessarily. If you've got some time and inclination, delve in to the e-book Terminal Chaos.

Happy travels.

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