Thu, Feb 11, 2010
Airline To Begin Charging For Blanket And Pillow Package
Passengers planning to fly on American Airlines after May 1st
may want to consider dressing in layers for their flights, because
the airline says it plans to begin charging $8 for a blanket and
pillow set in economy class.
The airline says the economy is driving the move to ask people
to pay for the pillows and blankets, traditionally offered on a
first-come basis for the grabbing out of the overhead bins. CNN
reports the charge will apply to all domestic flights, as well as
flights to Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Central
America, according to American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith.
"American evaluates all aspects of the business to ensure that
economic decisions are prudent and strategic for the long-term
success of the company," Smith said in an e-mail announcing the
Jet Blue and US Airways also charge for the items.
If you're flying first class or on an international flight
(other than cited above) you'll still will be offered complimentary
blankets for use in flight.
And the pillow and blanket will be yours to keep. Just be sure
to bring them along next time.
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