What there needs to be is consumer protection legislation that defines,
especially in the airline industry, what services an airline ticket should
include which applies to all airlines. The way things are going with their
outbundling of prices soon everyone shall be able to fly free and extras will
include seats, washrooms, and doors on the aircraft. Enough already.
Hutterite, how about letting the free market work, as is suggested by this
article? If you don't like the luggage fees on Delta, fly Southwest or
don't fly at all. If enough people avoid Delta in order to avoid luggage
fees, then I will bet money that Delta will drop their luggage fees.Companies set fees to stay in business. But if they don't get customers
they will sacrifice profits in order to generate some business and live to serve
customers another day.We need to stop looking to the government to
solve all of our problems.
@DavidI'm glad you pointed this out. People get so offended by
fees, but that's how capitalism works, and it's the system that we
have in place in this country. I, for one, actually appreciate the checked
baggage fee, because it allows me to fly for less when I'm only going
somewhere overnight; it allows those who are making tickets more expensive to
pull their weight, so to speak. It's no different than bad drivers having
to pay a higher insurance premium--they simply cost more.
What we need, Hutterite, is a government agency to set rules for every business,
including telling grocers what they may charge for bananas. Then the agency can
require that every American be given a full-time job, with high pay and good
benefits. Then it can order that every schoolgirl be a cheerleader, and every
boy captain of the football team. And order every child to be obedient and good.
And every adult to be happily married. Finally, that agency can mandate world
peace. And that's how you solve all the problems.