Letter: Anything for a buck

I heard on the news a couple of weeks ago that United Airlines said that carry-on luggage had to be put under the seat. If it wouldn’t go under the seat they would have to put it in the overhead compartment and be charged for it. That is ridiculous. Any way to get money out of a person.

I told my wife that I wouldn’t be surprised that they may start charging to use the restroom. She said that she didn’t think they could do that. I told her, “don’t bet on it.” I remember the days when you had plenty of room between rows of seats. Those days are gone.

Ronney L. Case

Golden Valley

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Gunguy45 1 week, 1 day ago

That's right Ronney, those days are gone.

When fares got so cheap it was easier to take a plane than a bus or train, this is what you wind up with. Used to be only business people, the well off, and a few others traveled by plane. Now they are the Greyhounds of the sky. You do realize that one of the biggest airline manufacturers is called "Airbus"? There's a reason for that.

You want room, take a train. You want convenience drive. You want speed fly.

Notice buses aren't in there anywhere. No room, not convenient, not fast...and not that cheap either.

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Philip 1 week, 1 day ago

I worked for American Airlines, and on contract with several international airlines. AA had $20 billion tied up in aircraft and hangars alone (more towards the end) If international flights pushed away late from the gate, it cost a minimum of $5,000 depending how late (the airlines pay large annual sums for these time slots, and I don't have the figures on domestic flights). Meanwhile at the time, people wanted to fly LAX-NYC for $99 on airlines like People Express (yes, that was a real airline, Google it) and wonder why they go belly-up or merge with a healtheir airline at the time.

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