Monday, August 4, 2008

And For The Next Round of Airline Fees How About Blanket and Pillow Fee

Yes that is right, the industry that brought you fees for water, soft drinks and luggage now brings you the latest fee....a blanket and pillow fee, compliments of Jet Blue Airlines. What used to be one of the last sane airlines, Jet Blue has hopped aboard the airline fee express to announce that it will charge $7 for a pillow and blanket on flights longer then 2 hours.

Hit by spiraling fuel prices and shrinking airline travel, US airlines have been cutting back on expenses, canceling flights and adding surcharges on services previously included in the cost of a ticket.

At the weekend, US Airways announced a two-dollar surcharge for water and one dollar for coffee aboard their flights, adding that only first class passengers on transatlantic flights could expect free water.

Three other US airlines, American, United and US Airways have already introduced a surcharge of between 15 and 20 dollars for a second piece of luggage on domestic flights.

JetBlue in its marketing strategy for the new, seven-dollar surcharge said they have created "The World's Cleanest" travel pillow and blanket kit, made from "a fabric that blocks all micro-toxins ... such as dust mites, mold spores, pollen and pet dander."

The "take-home travel kit" fits in a carrying case "for use on future trips," the airline said in a statement and wouldn't everyone just love their very own airline pillow and blanket to keep forever, a Jet Blue spokesman said as he smoked more crack.

"Replacing our old, recycled pillows and blankets with this state-of-the-art, high-quality take home kit is an eco-conscious, health-conscious and customer-conscious decision," said JetBlue Airways General Manager of Product Development Brett Muney. The GM also said he just completed a six month stint in rehab and periodically has delusions which led to this idea.

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Charles said...

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