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Old August 1st, 2008, 04:49 PM
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Charging for checked luggage and legroom isn’t enough for some carriers — starting today (Aug. 1), coach passengers flying aboard US Airways Inc. must pay for a drink of water.

This morning, US Airways began charging fliers $2 for bottled water and sodas and $1 for teas and coffees. First class members, trans-Atlantic passengers and a select group of others are exempt from the extra fees.

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Can we bring our own water??


What will be next?? :evil:
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You can bring your own water, but not passed the security check point.

You will have to buy it in the shops and it will be at least $2.
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I'll drink my water before security check point.
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The air on a plane is dry. Even on a short 1 hour flight, you will get thirsty. And on a longer haul fight, it will get worse.

I think that they got you unless you go to the bathroom and get some water from the sink. Oh wait, it is going to cost $5 to use the bathroom.
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it is going to cost $5 to use the bathroom.


I would not be surprised.

I'm flying Jetblue not sure what they are doing these days. Maybe they will give me a glass of water free of charge.

I know they don't charge for the first suitcase as long as it is not over 50 pounds.
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After the security check points you can buy water,food,soda. I carry a backpack and fill it with water and snacks.
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Place a 500 ml empty plastic bottle (or larger if you prefer) in your carry on luggage. Once through security, fill the bottle with water from the water fountains. No civilized company should charge patrons for water. So draw your own conclusions as to what air lines to avoid.
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Personally, I would never drink the water from the sink in the airplane rest room. Someone did a study on the quality of the ice and water on airplanes and it is downright nasty! Bob
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Good idea about the empty water bottle - you can probably stop at
some of the fast food places and get the water right out of the soda/pop
machines. Oh, probably should buy one of their overpriced burgers first -
in case!!
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I think that all these charges are unnecessary.
The airlines should just continue to lose money until they all go bankrupt. That'll show 'em.
Of course, a couple hundred thousand people will be out of work but at least I didn't get charged for water, huh?

And those jerks in first class who don't have to pay for water?

It's not like they pay more for their ticket or anything.

BTW, the ticket that I pay at least double for....no charge for luggage. RIOT IN THE STREETS!!!!
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Charge for the movies, charge for the food, charge for the pillows but for H2 0 and toilets, we draw the line. May as well charge for what little oxygen they allow into the fuselage.

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Fly first class all you want - no one is telling you how to spend your money.
I would love to fly first class some time but I am just a middle-class working stiff - to charge for water and possibly the restrooms is just
INDECENT !! Remember a number of years ago, when you were charged
for a glass of water in the restaurants - now at least, when you request
it - it comes free of charge. And I agree about charging us for the "stale
air" in the cabin. Enjoy your flights - who knows - your first class "perks" MAY NOT be included too much longer.
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You can still get free (filtered) water as always from a pitcher. They just charge for bottled. Airlines HAVE to give free water. It would be against the law if they did not.
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Great thread! Drama and comedy (with a sarcastic Dennis Miller quality no less) mixed together with some end-of-the-world Biblical emotions.

Bottom line for me, I love to cruise and flying is a necessary evil to get me to the ship ;>)
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Great thread! Drama and comedy (with a sarcastic Dennis Miller quality no less)
It is always good to add alittle Comedy to the Drama!!!
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My post was tongue in cheek with underlying truth.
Some chose to jump on the first class reference but that was not my point.

I agree that the airlines are trying to recover their increased costs by letting the passengers CHOOSE what extra services are used.

A ticket puts a butt in a seat. If you want to take luggage...then pay as you go. You want bottled water? Pay for it like the airline did-water from a pitcher is free.
Want something to eat? Pay for it like the airline did.

If you do not choose any of these extras, then you will not be charged for it.
If you do want extras, why should my ticket price go up to help you absorb the cost?

And I am a very hard working middle class guy that enjoys these perks (SOMETIMES) because I spend 6 months a year away from home. These perks come from upgrades that I have EARNED.
And yes, I will also pay for an upgrade. That upgrade costs quite a bit more than the 3.00 you are charged for bottled water.

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I agree with much of what Dan said but it´s a little strange to have this discussion on a board for cruiselovers.

Of course it´s easy to say that you can pay extra for every extra thing you want, for example food or water. You pay for the seat and that´s what you get. As a cruiselover I don´t really agree!

When I pay for my cruise, I also pay for lots of things I don´t use. Do I want to pay extra for all things that aren´t really necessary? They can charge for roomservice, why should those who never use it pay for it? Some people never leave the ship, is it then okej to charge for the tendertickets?

Dan is right if the most important thing is to get the trip as cheap as possible. When I´m on vacation I never think: "how can I make the vacation as cheap as possible?", I think: "how can I make the vacation as good as possible"!

People are different and it´s okej if some people prefer a low price instead of a high standard but I don´t!
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I don't agree - Just because I look for the best value for my $$ doesn't mean I want a product of inferior quality. We all know (educated shoppers, anyway) that you don't have to pay the BIG $$$ to get quality
(or even superior) products. If you want to spend $ 500 on a designer
handbag or shoes - that's your business. Will they serve the same purpose
as $ 20 sneakers and a $ 10 tote - of course. Will they last longer?? maybe "yes" and maybe "no". That's where the "brain" kicks in - is this product/price
worth it to ME ???
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Hey CQ - Just read that JetBlue is charging $7 for pillows and blanket kits:

"The carrier has done away with the recycled blankets and pillows used on its flights, and has started offering an "eco-friendly" travel blanket and pillow that can be purchased for $7 on flights longer than two hours. The pair come in a kit with a $5 coupon to home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond"

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Sherrie, I agree with what you said!

Best value means different things for different people.

If someone wants to pay for just the seat on the airplane and only get the seat, that´s okej for me. If some people wants to get to the cruiseship for as little money as possible, that´s okej.

For me the trip to the cruiseship is a part of my vacation so I see no reason to get a lower service on the plane than on the cruiseship. If it was very important for me to get a vacation which was as cheap as possible but I still wanted to cruise, I could choose to cruise with Easycruise where nothing is included in the price! Then I wouldn´t have to pay for anything I don´t use on the cruiseship!

I have no problem with that other people might like that but it´s not for me!
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Hey CQ - Just read that JetBlue is charging $7 for pillows and blanket kits:

"The carrier has done away with the recycled blankets and pillows used on its flights, and has started offering an "eco-friendly" travel blanket and pillow that can be purchased for $7 on flights longer than two hours. The pair come in a kit with a $5 coupon to home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond"

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20...ef_pillow_fees
Thanks for the info Sharon!!

I guess I'll do without the pillow and blanket! :evil:
I'll wear a sweatshirt because I'm always cold on the plane.

Maybe I'll get a half a cup of water free of charge!!
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This will be my last post on what I thought the subject was... and that is the cost of flying in a plane.
The airlines need to bring in at least as much money as they spend to continue to operate.
If that means raising the ticket prices, so be it.
If it means charging someone a fee for a defined extra cost other than flying the plane, so be it.

It is simple math and I'm not being argumentative.

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Some airlines stay in business without charging extra for everything so it can´t be an absolute must to do it!
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Similar cost cutting measures (perhaps not quite so draconian) are happening on the ships as well. With the costs of fuel escalating, these companies need to find some way to cut costs. It’s all a matter of how.

One answer is to keep the free drinks but raise the tickets by $10 each. Tough to do in such a price competitive economy and some non-water drinkers would complain about funding the water drinker's habits.

A cynical observer might also wonder how many bottles of water could be bought if the annual bonus for the CEO and other top executives were cut by 1 %. It's a tough job to make the crucial decisions, but some of the compensation packages I've read about are high enough to raise a little wealth envy from even the first class passengers.
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And those jerks in first class who don't have to pay for water?
Rinker, you must have complained to get my posts pulled, which I did not see anything wrong with in the 1st place.

Perhaps the moderator should look at your condescending tones also and be fair in the process. I just didn't like your superiority attitude and your signature tells it all. Where is the free speech.
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Some posts were deleted here for obvious personal attacks.

We are not allowed to make derogatory remarks about another individual poster's character, lifestyle, writing style or anything not directly related to the topic.

Is it the economy? I think it may be. This country is going through tough times right now and many people are on the edge of their seats waiting for some kind of relief.

I personally spend time in places like Motley Fool and CNBC where they discuss money all the time. because of that I used to bring up the subject with friends, perhaps a little too openly, and would sometimes be mystified as to why some people didn't enjoy talking about it like I do.

I have learned the hard way that for some people money is a completely different subject - it is subject they react to differently than I would have expected. Over time I have learned that discussing money issues often leads to arguments. It is a delicate subject, and I hope that certain people here will try to remember that in the future - so that even tongue-in-cheek statements do not come off as hurtful to people to whom money is a hot-button issue.

I've been up and I've been down. I have made a number of financial mistakes in my life but the one thing I know is that if I keep trying something eventually works out. I am now blessed enough that I can manage to pay my bills, and in this economy that is saying a lot.

Let's all try to be a little more sensitive to the pressure most of us are feeling financially these days - and not lash out at each other when the subject of money comes up.

And by the way - charging for a bottle of water on a plane is weird, unless it is a large bottle, then it makes sense. The stores don't give them away -they are often about $3.00 if you want to carry one on.

But the stuff they pour in cups is usually from a bottle (sometimes a pitcher) so just ask for a cup, drink it fast and ask for a refill, and repeat again and again....
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And those jerks in first class who don't have to pay for water?
Rinker, you must have complained to get my posts pulled, which I did not see anything wrong with in the 1st place.

Perhaps the moderator should look at your condescending tones also and be fair in the process. I just didn't like your superiority attitude and your signature tells it all. Where is the free speech.
Brewtown,
My posts were pulled, too. I have no more of an inside track to the moderators than you do.
You misunderstood my original post.
Let's just leave it at that.
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and I remember when passengers would complain about the inflight meal when it was included in the price of their ticket...times have certainly changed
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