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August 18, 2010

If American Airlines were your significant other, they would perhaps best be described as "high maintenance."

Yet another reason to luuuurve the airlines: American Airlines announced today that it is adding yet another additional fee to its already long list of extra charges: fees for "front row" seats.

With the new charge, American now charges for a host of silly things, including:

  • checked bags
  • priority boarding
  • booking on the phone
  • booking in person
  • "sleep sets"
  • unaccompanied minors
  • pets

The rate at which the airlines are nickel-and-diming us seems to be increasing.  In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if these new charges were adopted in the near future:

  • being too large
  • being too skinny (because if you were just a little bit thinner, they could have charged the "too large" guy an extra seat fee)
  • air sickness fee (air sickness bag costs extra)
  • unchecked bag fee (if you wanted to take your belongings with you, you should have sent them through the mail)
  • accompanied minor fee
  • overhead bin rental fee
  • fine for not paying attention to the safety instructions
  • lavatory rental fee (chemical toilet costs extra)

Maybe we should all just fly via jet pack.  There's no hidden fees to worry about there--plus, it's way, way cooler.