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Aw shucks, here I thought this was an article about how the omega-3 fatty acids in sardines help ease the stress of flying...
Well folks, this is what happens when the fares are at 1980's level, and everyone wants to fly. Buckle up!
Most importantly, aren't most carriers now using smaller planes? Gone are the "luxurious" days of a B737 or Airbus 319/320. Older flight attendents, smaller planes, more expensive fares, added fees, longer security lines, and the risk of cancelations. Sounds like a fan-effing-tastic way to travel. Good luck to all those who are forced to fly against their will, I'll be sure to give you all a wave from the (wide-open) interstate around 2am.
I've often thought that airlines are overlooking a sure moneymaker. Delta, for example, must have at least a dozen flights per day to Las Vegas, and other airlines fly people from MSP to Las Vegas daily as well. Say the average flight has about 12 first-class seats and 160 or so people shoehorned in behind. Rather than setting fares artificially low, then nickeling-and-diming passengers to death with a million extra fees while squeezing every body in the cabin that the law will allow, why not make one or two of those flights ALL at the level of business class? Less seats, less crowding. Less bodies, to be sure, but at fare increase of $100 to $150 or so over what they'd otherwise pay, preferential treatment at the gate, no hassle (and no extra payment) checking bags, free meals and maybe even followed by a brandy on the house--I bet those flights would be the first ones to fill up.
How could airplanes be "more crowded than ever"? I haven't seen an empty seat on ANY flight for a couple of years. The only way they could be any more crowded is if they installed hand rails like on a bus.
These stories always crack me up. The same rules apply - if you buy tickets early, the cheaper "buckets" will have more seats and you'll pay less. If you wait until the last moment, you pay more. $435 for round trip flight from NY to MSP isn't bad - I paid over a grand for that same route a couple of weeks ago.
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