Airlines are charging for baggage. What do you think they'll make us pay for next?

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 12:00 AM

High gas prices are hurting carmakers and airlines too. Ford is cutting production of SUVs and trucks, while American is charging for checked luggage. On Friday's Takeaway, John and Adaora are asking what you would do if you were an airline executive. What's the next thing you would make travelers pay for? Share your story by clicking "get in the mix", by emailing mytake@thetakeaway.org, or by calling our SpinVox line at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE. Then, tune in Friday to hear what everyone else had to say.

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Gerry K.

Perhaps when flying to "warmer" destinations, the fuel surcharges could be waived for those passengers who are traveling in their bathing suits.

May. 25 2008 11:53 PM
Jason

Glenn,

If you could put your comments in the correct Coversation thread it would be greatly appreciated. That would be Reinvent your mornings, we are discussing Airlines here.

May. 23 2008 08:21 PM
George

They wouldn't be so cruel as to put in pay toilets -- coin operated toilet paper dispensers, maybe, but not pay toilets!

May. 23 2008 01:55 PM
Alan

airline fees:

I'm waiting for the airlines to figure out which they can charge more for: a reclining seat, or a seat BEHIND a seat that doesn't recline.

(Sorry, I lost my concentration after I thought I heard the headline reader say that a big tomato hit Colorado yesterday.)

May. 23 2008 11:20 AM
Ed Gross

The airlines are doing something many industries have done in the past; when it happens in the healthcare field, which I know somewhat, it's called "unbundling" of charges and is usually contrary to rules set out by insurance companies and Medicare, which are based on the definition of each service. The problem for airline customers is a lack of regulation, even to the point that the services the airlines provide are simply not defined. The false myth of universally beneficial deregulation is once again being exposed.

May. 23 2008 11:12 AM
Bob

What will airlines charge for next? How about FUEL?

The price of jet fuel has jumped even faster than the price of auto fuel at the gas station.

An outstanding price at JFK in 2002 was about $0.94 per gallon. In 2008 it's over 360% higher at about $3.50 per gallon.

Just this year, half a dozen airlines have gone belly-up, thanks to out of control fuel prices. When will it end?

May. 23 2008 08:30 AM
Cal

Similar to gas the real problem is government subsidies. The actual cost of flying is much more than you pay. Even more so when you consider the environmental damage.

If you have flown you should consider yourself lucky that you've even taken a plane trip one time no matter what the cost. You may find it hard to believe given your spoiled and sheltered existence, that for most people on this planet flying is not even close to being an option.

Too bad neoliberals (and this show as an extension) are so short sighted. thanks for scratching the surface.

May. 23 2008 07:57 AM
RichM

So did you want a PRESSURIZED cabin, by any chance?

May. 23 2008 06:52 AM
Betty

We're likely to get sick from all of these additional costs, so might as well as charge for the barf bag.

May. 23 2008 06:31 AM
Glenn

John said what can the airline executive to 'add to his balance sheet', obviously he doesn't know what he's talking about, because an executive adding a cost to a passenger is adding something to his 'income statement'.

Adora also mispronounced Polgamy and called it polygyny, and misnamed the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, and add her giddy morning show laugh and this show is truly a joke.

May. 23 2008 06:15 AM
Weighty Western WA Woman

Yikes! "A surcharge for overweight passengers"??? Talk about having to pay for "excess baggage"... ;^>

May. 22 2008 10:27 PM
Jason

We will have to pay for any drinks on the plane and use of the overhead bin.

May. 22 2008 08:56 PM
cls pdx

Any day now we will see coin operated restrooms onboard and a surcharge for overweight passengers.

May. 22 2008 08:30 PM

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