Life Dear Airline Passengers: STFU
posted by August 4 at 12:28 PMon
US Air has announced that it will be charging for all beverages on their flights—all beverages including water. This news will prompt another round of moaning and groaning about the dismal state of air travel, how we airline passengers are treated like cattle these days, how no one serves in-flight meals anymore, how we’re we’re charged to check bags, wocka wocka wocka. Being charged for water will be held up as the last and final insult and an angry American populace will no doubt rise up and demand that the federal government begin seriously subsidizing our state-owned rail system—including high-speed rail links between major cities—the same way it subsidizes air travel and roads.
Oh, and if you think a state-owned rail system has to be a perpetual money-loser, check out France’s national rail system. It turned a $1.7 billion profit—that’s $1.7 billion—last year. It’s going to make even more money this year.
But after we build our national rail system—and I’m not exactly holding my breath here—guess what new rail passengers are going to discover when they board a train for the first time? You have to pay for beverages—including water. And meals too.
Hey, Airlines Passengers… do you want free meals and beverages and the right to fly with ten checked bags and six carry-ons? Then we’re going to have to re-regulate the airlines, jack the prices back up—way the fuck up—and pay for the privilege(s). If we don’t want to pay four or five times as much for airline ticket as we’re paying now (and I’m pretty sure we don’t), then we’re going to have to stop whining about the free meals we’re not getting anymore (the food on airplanes was shit—can we please stop complaining about being deprived of it?) and the free beverages we’re not getting on US Air and soon won’t be getting on any other airline.
Bring an empty water bottle to the airport and fill it at a fountain. Buy some half-way decent food at the airport—or bring some really great food with you to the airport (you can carry food through security)—and carry it on the plane with you. For the prices we’re paying all the airlines owe us is getting our asses from Point A to Point B reasonably close to the time promised. They don’t owe us dinner or drinks or a cargo hold of our very own.