As general aviation pilots know, the airlines have working to use the FAA Reauthorization bills to give themselves a tax break. At the same time, they are stranding passengers, delaying flights, and overscheduling airports to the point that operations grind to a halt. Showing more disregard for passengers, select airlines are now charging $25 for a second bag – one that used to be free.
The Arizona Republic looked at the ways many airlines are nickel and dimeing passengers for each little component of their journey.
“United charges for seats with extra leg room. It costs passengers $5 extra to book a flight on US Airways’ Web site. Northwest charges $25 for certain passengers to fly standby. Southwest offers priority boarding to its business-select passengers, for a fee.”
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