Great. Recently, American Airlines changed their baggage policy so that they’re now charging per checked bag.
United and US Airways seemed to think this was a good idea, and have followed suit, according to this article on CNN.com.
At $15 for the first bag and $25 for the second bag per way, a trip can get pretty expensive! The most bags Shane and I have ever checked were two each. So uh, at these prices, we would have to spend $160 in addition to our ticket prices to check all that luggage. Wow.
I understand that rising fuel prices are mostly to blame. If people try to pack less, the plane will have a lighter load and thus, a better fuel economy. I totally get that.
But isn’t there a better way?
Southwest seems to have a good idea. They’re slowing down a bit, like, three minutes, and in a year’s time, they expect to save $42M, according to this article.
I feel like the airline industry is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. I expect to see fewer flights, and more people on those flights. Some are already charging for in-flight snacks (fine by me. I think those pretzels are pretty tasteless). And perhaps they’ll start charging for carry-ons, too. Who knows?
In the meantime, I really hope if this law is approved, Amtrak goes full-speed ahead to get an efficient rail system in place nationwide.