Airplanes Start Charging You For Peanuts

In Ireland, we have a discount flyer called RyanAir. Although flying in a RyanAir jet is hygenically similar to flying through the friendly skies in a Time Square porn theater circa Taxi Driver, you can fly to most of Europe’s hot spots for as little as a couple euros, if you order your tickets a couple months in advance. Of course, where they gouge you is in buying standard airplane amentities. A vacuum-sealed bag of peanuts will cost you more than you paid for your ticket. 250ml cans of soda cost more per milliliter than liquid smack. And so on.

Apparently, American airlines are about to take a page from RyanAir’s book and start charging for amenities. A blanket and pillow on your next flight could cost you $2. A soda will be $1. An aisle seat will cost you $15.

With airlines going belly-up all over the place, it’s clear that they can’t stay competitive by merely rising ticket prices. The most important thing to travelers is low ticket prices. So instead, airlines seem to be adopting a megaplex-like business model: fly the planes at a loss, make your profit on the concessions. Like in movie theaters, if you sneak in with a bottle of coke and a bag of Doritos from the convenience store, you’ll be fine.

Airlines to Begin Charging for Amenities [Yahoo News]


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  1. Melsky says:

    That suits me just fine, as long as you are allowed to bring your own stuff. I don’t want their horrid sub-tv dinner plastic tasting food anyway.

  2. Amy Alkon says:

    The people who are going to make money are the little gateside stores like the ones by LaGuardia’s United gates, that sell edible food. I’d rather fly coach than pay an airline for their bag of oversalted snacks.

  3. airship says:

    New signs on planes:

    or we will throw you out of the plane at 30,000 ft.

  4. drsmith says:

    “New signs on planes:

    or we will throw you out of the plane at 30,000 ft.”

    Parachute: $15,000.00

  5. GenXCub says:

    Great…yet another set of things for baggage inspectors to look for. First they confiscate our personal explosives. Then they confiscate our nail clippers. Now they’re taking off with my skittles! I’m going to have to start hiding stuff in balloons…

  6. ValkRaider says:

    It’ll never fly….

    (ha ha)

    The last thing you need is a bunch of irate people in a tin can for 5 hours at 30,000 feet.

    The whole reason the offer snacks is to give people something to do…

    Now, I did always wonder why they gave out sugar and caffeine…

    Not sure (as a frequent flyer with status) that I like where the airlines are going though….


  7. Timbojones says:

    Charge for blankets and pillows? Ridiculous! I often have to remove a blanket and pillow in order to put my bag in the overhead compartment. If they start charging me for that, they’re going to get blankets and pillows in the damn aisle.