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Response to pipoman (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 11:10 AM

32. What's the relative cost of airline travel

when you add in all the special fees? You pay to talk to an agent vs. using the often faulty online service. You pay to check a bag. Some airlines are charging now for carryon. Want a pillow - pay for it. Want a good seat -- pay for it. Don't want to be the last one on the plane to find there's no overhead space -- pay for it. Want something to eat -- pay for it (through the nose). Want a drink -- pay for it.

Airline service has declined terribly. You may be paying less nominally, but you're getting much less in the way of service and things that are normal parts of traveling -- carrying luggage, for example -- are an extra charge. Also, most airplanes have become little more than flying intercity buses. Uncomfortable seats, no leg room, no side-to-side room, crappy air quality.

What passes for domestic first class in the US today is what coach travel used to be.

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