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Response to nichomachus (Reply #32)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 02:48 PM

45. For me

the flight is as necessary evil as any other mode of transport to get to a destination. I don't need mints on my seat, fluffy pillows, or movies..I don't need to check a bag most of the time..I am looking for the cheapest route to my destination. I don't want to pay for your movie, pillow, or suitcase handling. All that stuff costs money to provide, if it's pay per use, or added into the cost of everyone's flight, it will get paid for. In the last 3 months I flew from tiny Wichita airport to San Diego (round trip) for $250, and Wichita to Pittsburgh for $290 (bought 1 week before leaving). There were no extra charges, that was it. Cheaper than driving, and a lot less fatiguing...3 hours vs. 20 driving..I would stand on my head in a barrel for 3 hours to avoid the 20 hours on the road. I have flown using internet tickets exclusively for the last 10 years with no problems (let's not pretend there weren't problems with travel agents prior to the internet too). For most people, I believe, air travel is simply a means to an end..I get to travel more because of the lower cost. Understand, I'm not in love with airlines, I sure like to get where I want to go.

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