Ideas for flying as airlines are going a la carte

If you’ve missed the many articles about airlines charging you for drinks, food, and checked in bags, it’s time to re-evaluate the cost of air travel.  These new charges add up, so much so that they should be taken into account when booking your next airline ticket (in addition to the price of the ticket).   So what can do?  Well, I have a few ideas.  The first one is for the cheap-o’s out there.  Bring an empty water bottle through security, then fill it up with fountain water before getting onto your flight.  Also, bring some power bars or cereal bars for a snack.  If you want to be a good flight passenger, it’s probably not a good idea to bring food that has a strong smell.  Your fellow passengers will hate you.  Try to eat those food items before getting onto the plane.

Lastly, the best idea of all.  Start your own “airline food and drinks from your seat” business.  Here’s how it’ll work.  Before going onto your flight, bake some cookies and seal them in tight lock plastic bags.  Also, bring some other snack-like foods to sell.  When you get passed the security gate,  buy some 20 oz bottles of pop and water and be sure to bring your own cups.  When you get on the flight, go to your seat and wait for take off.  Now when you’re allowed to walk around, unzip some of your cookies and go up and down the aisles so that passengers can get hooked.  Wear a sticker on your shirt that says, “I sell food and drinks cheaper during flights, I’m in seat <your airline seat>”.  That’s it, you’re set.

2 thoughts on “Ideas for flying as airlines are going a la carte

  1. Important to keep in mind that by charging for those things, they can make tickets cheaper. If you’re one of the people who does have a lot of bags, or doesn’t consume a lot of beverages and food, charging for those things is good for you – it discourages the others. Also, if you do have a lot of baggage, it’s kind of good for you, too, as there will be less competition for space and less people standing around the carousel when you get off.

  2. I think about this as a charge to all like a public tax. For instance, I am not a big fan of toll fares on bridges, but once again different discussion. Airlines already charge for heavy luggage (over 50 lbs I think) and for more than 2 bags. I do agree with an easier time at the baggage carousel, but still…

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