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American Air Charging for checked bags...

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This is dumb. For $30 I will just ship my stuff with fedex or ups.

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Airlines have been charging for checked bags for months.

American is now charging for the first checked bag. $15.

Their bet is that people won't complain as much as they would if American put the price hike in the airfare rather than in amenities.

We are going to see more "unbundling" with the airlines this year. You'll be paying for everything.

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American is now charging for the first checked bag. $15.
That's what I meant. Even the FIRST bag will cost.
I agree witht he Fedex thing.

All this means is more carry-ons and gate checked bags due to full overhead bins... If I am traveling long enough to require a checked bag, I will UPS it.

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With prices going up and these fees, I am thinking air travel will become less like mass transit - which is good for me personally. I remember in the late 90's when EVERYONE traveled by plane and all flights were constantly full. It would be nice to see LESS people at the airports

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With prices going up and these fees, I am thinking air travel will become less like mass transit - which is good for me personally. I remember in the late 90's when EVERYONE traveled by plane and all flights were constantly full. It would be nice to see LESS people at the airports

Careful what you wish for. You start seeing less people, and your prices will start to sky rocket, and times will not be as abundant.
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Careful what you wish for. You start seeing less people, and your prices will start to sky rocket, and times will not be as abundant.
My prediction: Prices will go up, markets (places airlines service) will be reduced, more mergers will occur. This means fewer choices for consumers. Consumers will begin to bitch and the gufmint will step in. Regulation may return.

Now, there is something which may stem this tide: The Open Skies Act. With foreign airlines flying US-US routes the competition will remain.

Also, we'll see a return to turbo-props vs. jets; especially for the short-haul flights.

The industry is in a state of flux. Things will eventually calm down.

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Some airlines started charging for aisle and window seats now too. It totally screws me over because I've got to shell out an extra $15/flight just so my legs fit.
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My prediction: Prices will go up, markets (places airlines service) will be reduced, more mergers will occur. This means fewer choices for consumers. Consumers will begin to bitch and the gufmint will step in. Regulation may return.

Now, there is something which may stem this tide: The Open Skies Act. With foreign airlines flying US-US routes the competition will remain.

Also, we'll see a return to turbo-props vs. jets; especially for the short-haul flights.

The industry is in a state of flux. Things will eventually calm down.
At some point it may be cheaper to private charter a flight.
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At some point it may be cheaper to private charter a flight.
Yep, you've got a good point.

More and more corporations are using them for business trips. Lost productivity from delayed flights, security, and wasted time at the airport is begining to weigh heavily. Now all these extra fees.

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I fly enough to know this is not that big of a deal. I don't give a shit either way. I can either pack lightly and smartly, or pay $30 for the convenience of throwing my crap in a bag all willy nilly-like. Whatever.

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in addition to the full over head bins this will lead to much longer line in security because people will try and bring all of the liquids that they normaly pack on the plane.

and private chartered flights are the way to go.

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and private chartered flights are the way to go.
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ooh yeah, pressing your bare ass against a public airplane bathroom stall FTMFW
private charter sweetie, that's a little bit different.
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so what happens when they have to gate check your bag cause it's too big? Will you have to shell out the cash on the spot?

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so what happens when they have to gate check your bag cause it's too big? Will you have to shell out the cash on the spot?
gate checking on the small planes is a little different-- it still counts as a carry on even though some of those carryons don't fit in the small planes.
You basically get to bring one suitcase and one personal item with you for free, no matter what.
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private charter sweetie, that's a little bit different.
still doesn't mean someone else's ass hasn't been in the same place as yours
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still doesn't mean someone else's ass hasn't been in the same place as yours
Not any different than a toilet seat

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in addition to the full over head bins this will lead to much longer line in security because people will try and bring all of the liquids that they normaly pack on the plane.

and private chartered flights are the way to go.
That is why it should be reversed. Pay for carry on first checked free.

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Now, there is something which may stem this tide: The Open Skies Act. With foreign airlines flying US-US routes the competition will remain.
That would be the best thing for the consumer, allow foreign airlines, almost all of which are run better than domestic carriers, to compete and the shitty shitty companies we are currently stuck with will have to shape up or go under. I haven't flown a lot of foreign carriers, but everytime I do I am amazed at how much better everything is. I'd take Quantas or Lufthansa over AA or UA any day, I'd probably even pay a few bucks more for the better airline (especially on a business trip when I'm not paying for it).
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That would be the best thing for the consumer, allow foreign airlines, almost all of which are run better than domestic carriers, to compete and the shitty shitty companies we are currently stuck with will have to shape up or go under. I haven't flown a lot of foreign carriers, but everytime I do I am amazed at how much better everything is. I'd take Quantas or Lufthansa over AA or UA any day, I'd probably even pay a few bucks more for the better airline (especially on a business trip when I'm not paying for it).
Exactly. This could really change how things are done. Or it could make the foreign carries as crappy as ours.

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Not any different than a toilet seat
I can easily put down a toilet seat cover and still look at myself in the mirror with pride. But if I had to stop short short of doing the deed to put down a "sex-in-public-protective-ass-cover" my sexy factor would drastically plummet, and I could never again be happy with myself.
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Some airlines started charging for aisle and window seats now too. It totally screws me over because I've got to shell out an extra $15/flight just so my legs fit.
it seems that we have opposite height issues...

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