"... the regulations that require them to check in hours before takeoff and submit to invasive security checks."
The last time I flew from the U.S. the security check was able to make me feel as if I were a terrorist. Security is Okay until it becomes too invasive, or when they start looking suspiously at you when they can't recognize a roll-on deodorant, and then ask you what that is as if it were some sort of bomb.
Your first paragraph really impressed me. I used to enjoy United Airlines, and my frequent-flyer status many moons ago. I considered United one of the best airlines in the world. Learning now about the leg space problem, extra pay to check-in luggage, no blanket, etc, saddens me. I still keep my UA Mileage Plus card as a nice memory of how much I enjoyed flying United.
As in Europe distances are so short I can't compare with any five-hour flight anymore. I can only say that I am happy to enjoy free in-flight Wi-Fi in one-hour flights.
"and got a dirty look when I asked for a glass of water." AlmostalltheAirlinecompaniesaroundtheworldhavemadecutoffsintheirservicing.Itissadtogiveanormalamountofmoneybuyingairplaneticket,andyoudon'teventakeasmallsnack.
I very rarely fly myself but notice other puzzline inconsistencies in the industry. For example, it ususally costs far less to fly to Florida from NY than it does to fly to Canada despite the fact that Canada is much closer.
@Ariella, I guess the price depends on the number of people flying between that route and on the number of flights between the routes. I guess more number of flights between the busy route brings down the cost of the travel because of competition.
@Bolaji That is a most unpleasant form of sticker shock! Hiding those types of fees is what got Spirit Airlines fined last year as "DOT rules require any advertising that includes a price for air transportation to state the full price to be paid by the consumer, including all carrier-imposed surcharges. " I very rarely fly myself but notice other puzzline inconsistencies in the industry. For example, it ususally costs far less to fly to Florida from NY than it does to fly to Canada despite the fact that Canada is much closer. But I'm glad not to have to fly anywhere now because the last time I was on a plane, the turbulence even made the captain nervous.
I bought an international ticket once and was happy I would only be paying just under $1,000 for a trip of almost 14 hours. When I proceeded to "checkout" online, the fuel surchaged slapped on it took the total to more than $1750. Had to cancel! Is somebody really going to bring "Beam me up" to real life?
@Bolaji That's true. Those are the choices the airlines make in the attempt to cut costs and maximize profits. It's not necessarily mean-spirited, though it may come across as such. The rising cost of fuel really does take a bite out of the airlines' bottom line, and so many have felt they have no choice but to add on fees for baggage, etc. Regulations do require that all such fees be disclosed -- even government fees: Regulations are now going to even call for airlines to include government fees in fares. http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/travel/story/2012-01-10/Government-forcing-full-disclosure-on-airfares/52486078/1
Ariella, your irony is well-taken. In fact I'm on a Lunatic Watch List in most airports after one too many incidents of throwing things at the impassive but intrusive minions of the TSA (Thousands Standing Around). Benjamin
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