Extra Leg Room, Checked Bags and Now ... Pretzels?
From the Dept of How Much Stranger Can Air Travel Get? comes word that not only can't you fly for peanuts anymore, you can't even get peanuts on a flight. Not if your airline is US Airways, that is.
In a cost-cutting measure that may well save the airline less money than the resulting PR nightmare will cost, it appears that as of June 1 the Tempe, Ariz.-based airline will no longer offer free peanuts, pretzels or other snacks in coach on its domestic flights.
"We are doing away with the pretzels," confirmed US Airways spokesperson Valerie Wunder by phone, "but you can still purchase [snacks]." She was referring to the airline's inflight snack boxes, each of which offers an assortment of crackers, cheese, trail mix, etc. The catch? The boxes are five bucks.
"Fuel is $130 a barrel and we have to do things to mitigate the costs," said Wunder by way of explanation.
Which leads me to today's quiz, and it's a real mind bender. Can you think of anything else the airlines could possibly charge us for? Come on, people. There must be something...
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