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FEE UPDATE: US Airways to Charge for Pillows/Blankets

February 5, 2009 | Posted in: Airline News,Ask Rick,US Airways

JetBlue was the trailblazer on this – charging $7 for a blanket/pillow combo – and now, US Airways is doing the same – charging for sweet dreams.

Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be – remember, US Airways is the carrier that charges for water and soft drinks (and see all the fees charged by U.S. airlines, right here).

But I for one don’t mind paying the 7-bucks for a blanket and pillow.

Look, we know most airlines have neither the time nor money to clean their planes like they used to, and who knows where that “free” pillow or blanket has been before it comes to you? It’s easy to catch a cold (or worse) from these items – so why take a chance?

2 Responses to “FEE UPDATE: US Airways to Charge for Pillows/Blankets”

  1. tiff says:

    You are right, airlines rarely disinfect the planes; so unless you fly in in some sort of space age plastic suit with its own oxygen supply the entire vehicle is petri dish of virus. And yet somehow most people with healthy immune systems survive unscathed. Shocking I know.

    7 bucks for an inflatable pillow and thin blanket? Laughable only in the fact that US Airways thinks people will not figure out 1) how to buy their own travel pillows and blankets and 2) bring them on the plane. Kinda like how when I had the misfortune of flying them last month everyone carried on their bags and starbucks and sodas.

  2. Paulette says:

    My only fear is that the airlines that charge for a blanket will lower the cabin temperature to increase sales.

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