Going “JetBlue” on Airlines a la Steven Slater
Remember the days when flying used to be fun? Where you didn’t feel harassed by the security and didn’t have to pack your liquids in 3 ounces or less? Hmm…really, like baby formula is a disguise for a bomb. Come on now. Nowadays, flying has become more of a hassle and on top of it, airlines have been finding sneaky ways to charge us for stuff that used to be free. What happened to the free but nasty food that came with your ticket? Or the blankets, pillows, headphones and movies that helped you survive a cross country flight while having your seat kicked from behind by some annoying kid?
Don’t you wish you could say @#$% off to the airlines?
Recently, a Jet Blue flight attendant, Steven Slater did just that. He quit his job of twenty years after getting into an altercation with a passenger who accidentally hit him on the head with his luggage. Steve cursed out the passenger on the intercom, and told Jet Blue “I’ve had it, that’s it.” Good thing he made sure to grab some brewskis before he fled the plane through the emergency chute. Good thinking Steve! Maybe he was mad about the no free food on the plane as well.
Checked luggage: Ranging from $15 to $25 for the first bag. Of course, additional bags means extra money outta your pocket. Spirit Airlines actually charges for CARRY-ONS at a whopping $45 each! Remind me to never fly them. One airline that still allows free checked bags, Southwest. No wonder they call themselves the “friendly skies.”
Meals: If you are like me, you probably get hungry every 1-2 hours. I need to be fed constantly. Unfortunately for me when I fly, I have to suck it up and starve. It’s okay, that’s when gum comes in handy. Snacks run from $2 to $7 depending on the airline. Meals range from $3 to $13. I’ve actually had a $9 banh mi sandwich on Virgin America once and it certainly wasn’t worth it. But, it did make me feel cool being able to order from the touch screen at my seat. At least the drinks are free, except from Spirit Airlines. They charge $2 to $3 per drink, and that’s with no alcohol.
Pets: Traveling with Fido or Fifi? Well, make sure you have extra money to pay their way. Cabin fees range from $50 to $200. Checking them in will cost you $90 to $500. That’s pretty much the cost of a ticket. I would leave the pets at home with a friend or family member.
Unaccompanied Minors: Wow, I didn’t even know about this one. I guess it’s like paying the airlines to babysit your child. Some are still free, while others charge $49 to $120. Also, it’s more expensive if they are making a connection.
Reservations with a Human: Yep, they will charge you $5 to $25 if you call them. Just do it online, it’s free and you won’t be put on hold multiple times.
Lap Children: If you are traveling with an infant, you still have to pay. Absurd, especially since they aren’t taking up a seat! Ranging from $10 to 10% of an adult fare. I don’t get this one at all. Personally, I think if a super large person is taking up half of MY seat, they should be paying for 50% of my ticket. Anyone else agree?
Yeah, these fees are annoying and sometimes unavoidable, but it’s the price of flying these days. What other fees have you come across while traveling and how did you avoid them?