Well, the only reason that ain’t happening yet, is that the airlines haven’t figured out how to make it happen.
But once the next generation of babies are implanted at birth with ID chips, just like our pets now get, you just wait.
But in the meantime, the airlines are coming up with fees for stuff they don’t even own.
In a breaking news story in USAToday, we learned that Ryanair is now charging $7.50 for you turning on your own home computer, accessing the internet over a provider that you are paying, and printing on a machine that you bought and feed paper and ink that costs you money.
But wait, if you happen to be traveling without access to a web-connected computer and a printer and you show up without your self-printed, but not free, boarding pass, Ryanair will charge you $61 at the airport.
Apparently their computers, internet connectivity to their own server, and printers cost them eight times more money to operate than what they are charging you.
Oh, yeah, and then there’s this,
“Ryanair will “scrap airport check-in desks and move to 100%web check-in“
So, on a long trip to a remote area (hence difficulty in finding a cybercafe), good luck flying Ryanair.
But for some, this is not the first reason that does not give them a warm, fuzzy feeling to fly this airline.
It was almost a year to the day when my virtual travel writer guru over at Killing Batteries pontificated on these people.
But wait, there’s more,
“(CEO) Michael O’Leary in recent months has alternately baffled, inflamed and amused press conferences with claims…that he might introduce charges to use aircraft toilets”
Ain’t that the shits?!?
But Ryanair is not the only airline with fee-feces being flung at the flying public.
We all remember that higher fuel costs were a primary justification to charge for extra luggage, water, a blanket or pillow, and who knows what tomorrow.
But once the fuel costs went back down, how many airlines eliminated those additional costs?
Want to borrow my fingers for counting, or maybe you just need one finger to answer the question.
And I will end on another LATE BREAKING AIRLINE NEWS item.
Another airline will charge you $25 for a second check-in bag. Nothing worse there than most other airlines.
But the kicker is that your second bag may not get shipped for a week and YOU have to pick it up at the airport.
How does that fit your travel plans?
And please don’t even think you will just stay home. The airlines are contemplating an Airport Avoidance Fee.
Plus, the beers in your home refrigerator will now be charged to you at hotel mini-bar prices.
Will somebody please remind me when Fly The Friendly Skies was a legitimate slogan.