This morning on the news I heard a story that made me mad: how some airlines are now charging for blankets.
At first, I thought maybe I was dreaming. After all, I wasn’t quite awake. My husband had turned on the TV to see if he could get a weather update. I was in that just-waking-up haze.
But, nope. I Googled it and right off I found a story from the Dallas Morning News: American Airlines to charge $8 for blanket, pillow.
But wait, it gets better. I went on to read that they won’t even provide blankets on North American flights come May 1. However, on flights over two-hours they’ll have some on hand –for $8.
But $8 buys you more than just a blanket on American Airlines. The blue fleece blanket will come in a plastic pouch along with an inflatable neck pillow and a coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase at Bed, Bath & Beyond. (Which to me stinks of a company more concerned with marketing partnerships than customer service.)
I don’t travel by air very much anymore. When we do it’s usually via Southwest, which nixed offering blankets entirely last year due to fears of spreading H1N1.
That I can understand, but charging $8? (JetBlue and US Airways offer similar pillow and blankie “kits” for $7.)
Really? In a recession? Like charging for luggage, sounds more like a ploy to nickel and dime the consumer to me.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that every time I’ve flown the first thing I was excited to do was cover myself in a blanket formerly used by who knew who with who knew what cooties. But I can remember a few times I was more than grateful to have something to wrap around me –like times when we were stuck on the tarmac for hours , or at the gate, and the cabin was freezing cold.
However, now a blanket is one more thing to remember to pack in a carry-on. If you’re even allowed to access your carry-on in-flight, that is. Let’s not forget the chaos the retard who tried to blow up the plane Christmas Day caused travelers after that. Some were denied getting into their carry-ons at all.
That’s why I prefer Haunt Jaunting by car. I’d rather take my chances with the loonies on the road!