NYT, always timely
Posted by clubsodaandsalt on May 23, 2007
Guys, you’ll never guess what the latest trend in travel is! Apparently, airlines are charging for frills to make extra money!
nearly every major carrier has done away with free onboard meals in coach on domestic flights, and has instead begun to charge for individual food and drink items, often at hotel minibar prices. Earlier this year, American Airlines, for example, replaced its $4 snack boxes offered on domestic flights of three hours or longer with offerings like Lay’s Stax Potato Crisps ($3), M&Ms ($3) and bottled water ($2) and now sells them on domestic flights of two hours or longer. On longer flights within the United States, American offers $5 light meals like breakfast bagel sandwiches, Italian wraps or Asian chicken salads.
And this, linked from the front page! I had to double check the date to make sure this wasn’t some sort of “Times Classic” article or something. Your New York Times, ladies and gents, taking a break from promoting war with Iran to bring you “news” on trends that started 5 years ago.