Sigh.... I leave all that S#_t at the airport and come home to you guys bitc__ing about it here?
Trust me when I say that I wish the idiot that said, "Hey let's charge for bags." was shot on sight.
Just raise the ticket price $100 for the trip and cancel the bag fees...
I hope you guys take my word for it that everything the airlines do is for a valid reason...They don't seek out
and anger people just for kicks...
So to lighten the mood one of my many many anecdotes working for an airline (remember working for an airline
is the reason I brew.)
So one of my gate agents was making an announcement on the plane. The flight was fully boarded (250+
passengers) Reiterating what our gate controller had told him. Something along the lines of a 40 minute delay
that involved some maintenance and optimism on the departure in THAT amount of time (really).
Now consider that this agent is a strong type-A personality that is never wrong or rarely admits he is wrong..
He had just finished the announcement along the lines of, " and we are confident our maintenance department
will be ready 40 minutes from now." No sooner did he put the PA mike down the Captain on the flight chimes in.
" I am sorry the agent was completely wrong in sharing that last bit with you." Remember the Type-A? Well
just as he is storming up to the flight deck to tell the pilot off, he continues, "The machine we use to break your
luggage is down and we have to damamge your luggage manually. It is taking longer than we are used to so
bear with us as we continue to damage your checked luggage and we will go as soon as our grunts are done with it."
Now as far as the surcharge...just rephrase it as taxes...probably what it really is. Flying to Mexico and back is super cheap if taxes aren't involved. It MORE than doubles your ticket price. I have a wedding to go to 3rd week of September. I am going to Tucson and driving. It is cheaper to rent a car...