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Old 02-09-2010, 08:01 AM
 
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Passengers Must Pay for Blankets on American - In Transit Blog - NYTimes.com

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Passengers Must Pay For Blankets

American Airlines quietly announced last week that it would eliminate free blankets in coach and sell an $8 packet that includes a pillow and blanket starting May 1.

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According to Joesentme.com, a subscription travel site that reported the move last Friday, the airline based its decision on consumer surveys. Joe Brancatelli, the site’s publisher, raised a skeptical brow. “American executives run focus groups on blankets?,” he said. “You think they’d look for customer focus group data on what fliers think about American’s worst-in-the-nation on-time performance, its atrocious baggage-handling ability or the hideous condition of its planes.”

The change is for flights over two hours in length to and from Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Central America. The airline will join JetBlue and US Airways, which began charging $7 for a pillow-and-blanket set in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:12 AM
 
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This is one airline fee I don't have a problem with. I'm not sure why airlines should be expected to supply blankets and pillows, just bring a sweatshirt on board if you tend to feel cold.

Using linty blankets and pillows that were previously used by others never appealed to me. I keep both in my carryon. Should I ever get lucky enough to have an empty seat next to me, I pull them out to nap. Otherwise, forget sleeping on a plane anyway.
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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It's scandalous. They have so many excuses to charge for anything... and none of these excuses are good!
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:36 AM
 
Location: The Raider Nation._ Our band kicks brass
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It's scandalous. They have so many excuses to charge for anything... and none of these excuses are good!
If going bankrupt, billion dollar losses, and massive employee cuts aren't good enough reasons for you, what are?
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:08 PM
 
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I sense an opportunity...
I'll start loading my carry-on with blankets and for only $5...
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:03 PM
 
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I always use 2 blankets as I get cold no matter how many fleeces and shirts I wear. So I'd have to carry one.

I really hate when I have to use a US based airline. I prefer Emirates and other non-US airlines. Better service in general, and you never have to pay for meals, snacks, headphones or alcohol...or blankets and pillows.

On my last trip to the US I took Continental and when buying alcohol had to pay using a credit card as they can't accept cash anymore.
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Beautiful New England
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How long until it's discovered that airline crew turned the A/C on board to Arctic mode in order to rev up sales of blankets to frigid passengers?
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Hmm. Renting a blanket for $8 a night, for one year, comes to . . . . . . 8 x 365 = . . . .

How can I get a piece of this action?
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:55 PM
 
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How long until it's discovered that airline crew turned the A/C on board to Arctic mode in order to rev up sales of blankets to frigid passengers?
Won't happen because we like to be comfortable too.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:19 PM
 
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Wait until they unveil the pay toilets in cattle class.


Now there's a revenue maker.
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