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American Airlines to charge $8 for blankets, pillows
Associated Press ^ | 2-8-10

Posted on 02/08/2010 7:10:13 PM PST by Justaham

DALLAS - If you want a pillow and blanket in coach on American Airlines, it's going to cost you.

The airline will charge $8 for a pillow and blanket in coach class for domestic trips and some international flights longer than two hours, beginning May 1. The international flights are to and from Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Central America.

Spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said Monday it was an economic decision.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Travel
KEYWORDS: airlines

1 posted on 02/08/2010 7:10:13 PM PST by Justaham
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To: Justaham

Do you get to keep them?


2 posted on 02/08/2010 7:10:52 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Justaham

This is un-American.


3 posted on 02/08/2010 7:12:01 PM PST by NCC-1701 (ZEROs FAVORITE SONG -- I, ME, MINE -- BY THE BEATLES)
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To: Justaham

And, of course, bringing your own is verboten!


4 posted on 02/08/2010 7:12:41 PM PST by JimVT (Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing, Oh, the ring of the piper's tune)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
Do you get to keep them?

I certainly hope so. The pillows and blankets I have seen in airplanes are worth $2.00 tops.

5 posted on 02/08/2010 7:13:01 PM PST by TaxPayer2000 (The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government,)
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To: Justaham

You couldn’t pay me to touch one of those germ-infested drool-covered things...


6 posted on 02/08/2010 7:15:35 PM PST by Veggie Todd (Get involved! The world is run by people that show up.)
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To: Justaham

germs will build immunity and neck aches mean it is good for you


7 posted on 02/08/2010 7:16:09 PM PST by egannacht (Inalienable rights granted by...)
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To: Justaham

American airlines could be pricing itself out of business.


8 posted on 02/08/2010 7:16:51 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Between being groped by the TSA to the sardine-like seats to the jam-packed planes, it is clear air travel has become a nightmare. I have to gulp Valium just to deal with it.


9 posted on 02/08/2010 7:18:05 PM PST by starvosan
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To: Justaham

I basically quit flying when TWA went under.


10 posted on 02/08/2010 7:18:29 PM PST by peggybac
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To: Justaham

How do they do this when tickets are paid for before you even get on the plane?


11 posted on 02/08/2010 7:18:30 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Justaham

I frankly “don’t get it”

I do somewhere in the range of 50 to 100k miles each year.

Flights under 3 hours? Please...that’s not even worth getting comfortable for.

International flights are a whole different thing though

If they don’t offer creature comforts, well, I need a different airline. Shrug.


12 posted on 02/08/2010 7:18:38 PM PST by Malsua
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To: TaxPayer2000

Between being groped by the TSA to the sardine-like seats to the jam-packed planes, it is clear air travel has become a nightmare. I have to gulp Valium just to deal with it.


13 posted on 02/08/2010 7:18:51 PM PST by starvosan
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To: Justaham

How truly stupid. I swear I’d rather take a bus than travel on most airlines...Southwest excepted.


14 posted on 02/08/2010 7:20:44 PM PST by pepperdog (As Israel goes, so goes America!)
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To: JimVT

>>And, of course, bringing your own is verboten!<<

Probably not. It would be impossible to enforce.


15 posted on 02/08/2010 7:21:21 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Veggie Todd

>>You couldn’t pay me to touch one of those germ-infested drool-covered things...<<

You are very wise. I use them as an underfoot cushion and don’t touch the pillows (except for maybe the 767s, which are hermetically sealed).

And I always fly 1st Class.


16 posted on 02/08/2010 7:23:14 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Justaham

I can get my own travel blanket and pillow for about $8 at Walmart.


17 posted on 02/08/2010 7:29:05 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Justaham

Doesn’t seem very fair when the airline is determining the freezing temperature on the plane. Was on an international flight last month and the plane was freezing. I had on a hoodie with the hood on and a blanket. I was still freezing.


18 posted on 02/08/2010 7:35:15 PM PST by republicangel
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To: Justaham

I will NEVER fly again... and that was long before this crap.

LLS


19 posted on 02/08/2010 7:36:41 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: mamelukesabre

They take the cash from you on the plane or they have the portable machines that will run your credit cards. That’s how they do it if you want to buy snacks or drinks.


20 posted on 02/08/2010 7:41:47 PM PST by rep-always
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To: JimVT
just like having to pay exorbitant prices for soda, water, etc in the airport...because you can't bring it...however, the loop hole is....bring an empty bottle and fill it at a water fountain......

I dislike air travel anyway..this is just one more reason....

21 posted on 02/08/2010 8:09:29 PM PST by cherry
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To: Justaham

Now why would I pay 8 bucks for a filthy blanket and pillow.

My jacket will do just fine.


22 posted on 02/08/2010 8:13:59 PM PST by Drea
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To: republicangel

u r such a girl


23 posted on 02/08/2010 8:21:47 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Justaham

CNN reporting: American Airlines just announced, as a safety measure, passengers will no longer be able to bring their own blankets or pillows on board.


24 posted on 02/08/2010 8:22:21 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: Justaham

And they can’t figure out why JetBlue, Southwest, and Airtran keep gaining market share?


25 posted on 02/08/2010 8:23:08 PM PST by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: Justaham

Nice service ay? You think with all the stress of flying these days the airlines would go out of their way to make sure passengers are as comfortable as possible. Checked bags now a $25.oo extortion fee. Man I hate flying and has nothing to do with fear but the hassle of it all is a drag. Screw airports and airlines—less Southwest Air.


26 posted on 02/08/2010 8:33:05 PM PST by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: Justaham

This is riduculous. They should just raise the price of the seat by a dollar, or whatever it averages out over on the flight. I’m glad I wasn’t in the boardroom when they came up with this piece of stupidity. I would have thrown things.


27 posted on 02/08/2010 9:21:22 PM PST by sig226 (Bring back Jimmy Carter!)
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To: republicangel
Doesn’t seem very fair when the airline is determining the freezing temperature on the plane

The heat for the aircraft comes from the bleed air from the compressor section of the turbines. The use of bleed air for heat to the passenger cabin costs the airlines bucks in a greater fuel burn for the trip.

28 posted on 02/08/2010 9:58:25 PM PST by cpdiii (Oil Field Trash, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR)
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To: cpdiii

One pilot on the trip said the plane we were on was having temperature control problems in the cabin. However, the biggie that went international was just plain cold.


30 posted on 02/09/2010 3:57:06 AM PST by republicangel
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To: Justaham

Sure glad I’ve stopped flying. I don’t need the aggravation.


31 posted on 02/09/2010 5:57:12 AM PST by crosshairs
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To: Justaham

i want to pay more than eight dollars


32 posted on 02/09/2010 5:58:21 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (happily replying to threads without reading the articles since 2002)
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To: Drea
Now why would I pay 8 bucks for a filthy blanket and pillow.

My jacket will do just fine.


Watch out. The next move might be making you check your jacket at the door.
33 posted on 02/09/2010 5:58:59 AM PST by crosshairs
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To: Tyler Westyn
next thing? will they charge us to breathe the air in the plane?

Yes. Lets pay a premium for recirculated air.
34 posted on 02/09/2010 6:00:11 AM PST by crosshairs
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To: republicangel

A couple Jack Daniel’s will warm you up.


35 posted on 02/09/2010 10:23:49 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: dragnet2

“CNN reporting: American Airlines just announced, as a safety measure, passengers will no longer be able to bring their own blankets or pillows on board.”

“Safety measure.” Bull!


36 posted on 02/10/2010 12:49:40 PM PST by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: toldyou
I was kidden partner..Pullen ur leg.

I reckon ya unnnerstann wut ah mean.

37 posted on 02/10/2010 5:14:37 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

“I was kidden partner..Pullen ur leg.”

LOL! Okay, kiddo...you had me goin’.

As a retired flight attendant for United, I was miffed that our competition would make such a ridiculous rule. In fact, when I think I’m going to fly coach, I bring my own blankee...


38 posted on 02/10/2010 6:12:06 PM PST by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: toldyou
Not a problem....

Wadda retired flight attendants do? Do they fly around? Stay in hotels?

In fact, when I think I’m going to fly coach, I bring my own blankee...

I always take a blankee while driving on the Interstate.

39 posted on 02/10/2010 6:17:51 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: Justaham

How much are they charging for leg and hip room?


40 posted on 02/10/2010 6:22:17 PM PST by meyer (Obama's failure is America's Success)
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To: dragnet2

“Wadda retired flight attendants do? Do they fly around? Stay in hotels?”

I do...quite frequently. I have such great travel benefits, I’d be foolish not to take advantage of them! I never tire of traveling!


41 posted on 02/10/2010 6:38:15 PM PST by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: toldyou

Oh....Well, good luck with that.


42 posted on 02/10/2010 6:43:29 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: toldyou

Well, that is very impressive...I’ve been to many places on this planet...Most of them were OK...But now I prefer to leave this planet, and the solar system occasionally, to really get that distant feeling, get the big picture, put things in real perspective.


43 posted on 02/10/2010 6:51:45 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: toldyou

Whoop...I was responding to your IM.


44 posted on 02/10/2010 6:53:44 PM PST by dragnet2
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