Some air travelers are willing to pay up to $20 to be among the first off a flight, a recent survey has revealed.
According to Airfarewatchdog, 16 percent of surveyed travelers admitted they would pay to be among the first to deplane.
Of this 16 percent, ten percent think $10 is a justified charge, while three percent would be willing to shell out $20 for the privilege of alighting first.
Not everyone is quite so willing to hand over their money, comments on Airfarewatchdog’s Facebook page revealing that many believe extra charges are getting out of hand.
“Pretty soon it's going to be, ‘Would you pay a fee to have a licensed pilot in the cockpit?’”, one person said.
And despite the fact that no such fee exists, it could just be a matter of time, Airfarewatchdog founder George Hobica told USA Today.
"I never thought they would start charging for carry-on bags, so you never know," Mr Hobica said.
In this year’s first quarter alone the Bureau of Transportation Statistics revealed that US airlines hauled in $1.45 billion in baggage and reservation cancellation/change fees.
And the charges keep on coming with Spirit Airlines (the first US airline to charge for carry-on bags placed in an overhead compartment) soon charging passengers $2 to print their boarding passes from an airport kiosk.
Given sometimes tight connections and long security lines would you be willing to pay to be the first to deplane?
Thursday, 12 July 2012
Getting off a plane first: there’s a charge for that (almost)
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A