JetBlue is going to charge for a pillow and blanket, and U.S. Airways is going to charge, I shit you not, for water. Charging a captive audience for water seems a bit like extortion, doesn't it? I can almost hear the announcement now:
"This is the Captain speaking. You may have noticed that we've been idling on the tarmac for a while now. The tower has informed us that we should be airborne within the hour. We do apologize for the delay, and will be sending back the flight attendants with the beverage cart in case you desire any refreshments. I can see the heat coming off the tarmac in waves from here, and it's sure making me thirsty!"I know it's all about "perceived value" in the marketplace, but how much smarter of an idea would it be to raise the fares on the flights instead, so that the costs borne by the consumer are known up front, rather than nickel-and-diming us (dime-ing?) to death along the way. Extra bag? $25. Fat ass? You're paying for two seats, sister! Pillow and blanket? $7. Water? $2. (And you can't carry it from the counter onto the plane, either. Throw it out going through security, then buy another one for another $2 where you'll actually get to sit and wait for the plane.)
These airlines have travellers by the balls and they know it. I mean, what else are you going to do? Take a bus? Beside the fact that there are no buses that go to Hawaii, there's the security situation that's just a wee bit more lax than at the airports:
Li allegedly stabbed McLean several dozen times as others fled the bus,
witnesses said. He then severed McLean's head, displayed it to the frightened
passengers gathered outside the bus and began hacking at the body. A police
officer at the scene reported seeing the attacker hacking off pieces of the
victim's body and eating them, according to a police tape leaked on the
Geez, they left out the part about him smiling with glee and gargling blood *shudder*. . . Creepy. I guess that leaves busses out, doesn't it?*
And it's not just Canada that's in the beheading business these days. I mean, the middle-east was out of the picture anyway, but maybe we could see the Parthenon . . .
A Greek man is in a critical condition after decapitating his girlfriend with a cleaver and parading her head around the tourist island of Santorini yesterday.How rude. What is with all the chopping off of heads lately? That's it. I'm staying home for vacation this year. (I refuse to use that stupid made-up word that's trying to force its way into the vernacular. Like "Orientated" is doing. The word is "oriented," I don't care what dictionary.com says. I turned and oriented myself ninety degrees to the left. See? Oriented.)
Athanassios Arvanitis, 31, is also accused of beheading the woman's dog before roaming around the village of Vourvoulos with his 25 year-old girlfriend's head.
*(BTW, poor taste in the naming of that last article linked. I'd say anyone with the tenacity to saw someone else's head off with a hunting knife is a bit more than "hardworking." How about, "insane, yet earnest?")