Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The unforgiving minute

Oh, here's some good news:

AMR Corp. announced further flight reductions at American Airlines to cope with surging fuel costs, saying fourth-quarter domestic capacity at American is now seen falling 11% to 12% from a year earlier.

The company also plans to retire at least 75 aircraft and unveiled several fees to bring in more revenue, including a $15 fee for the first checked bag on domestic flights for low-fare customers and non-frequent fliers.

Yes, because that's what the already-unpleasant and demeaning experience of commercial flying still needs: Even more people trying to get down the aisle at the same time while pulling the largest carry-on bags they could buy, and then fitting them the wrong way into the overhead bins (they go perpendicular to the aisle, you morons, not parallel to it!).

Minute's up.

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