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US Airways Loves Its No Free Drinks Policy

US Airways Loves Its No-Free-Drinks Policy

US Airways may be the only carrier to charge for nonalcoholic drinks, but after reports of how beneficial the change has been, I wouldn't be surprised if other airlines pick up the policy. Flight attendants were initially resistant to the pay-for-drinks policy, and now it seems many of them are changing their tune about the $2 rule.

In-flight bathroom lines are shorter because fewer passengers are guzzling beverages, trash collection is less of a hassle, and aisles spend less time being blocked by the beverage cart. It seems like what is meant to simply raise revenue for a struggling airline has also become a lesson in consumption: people will consume something if it's free, even if they don't really need it. I wonder which airline will be next to nix their complementary drinks? It's just a matter of time.


baybug baybug 9 years
Soon we will have to pay for light and air. What is next!?!?!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 9 years
I'm flying to Vegas this week and specifically chose Alaska Air so I wouldn't be charged to check in a suitcase and so that I could get my comp bevvie! ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I miss the days when you could get on a plane and expect a meal and soda, or at least a packet of mummified peanuts and a soda.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
It reminds me of the 80's when someone had to use the bathroom and walked down the isle wanting change for a dollar...three quarters for one dollar as he does the pee pee dance. I think that water should be (and maybe is, I don't know) free and it's fine to charge for soda. However, to have to pay for the first bag?! That's horrible...I like Southwest's commercial that what you pay is what you get because they don't have extra charges at the airport.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that it's really frustrating to have to pay for every little thing when you're flying and although i can understand that the airline sees benefits - i don't know if it's worth it to me. if i'm on a long flight - it would be nice to have a drink that i don't have to pay for since i can't bring something from home since you can't take liquids through security. it's just getting to be a bit unfair to passengers to have to pay for every little thing :(
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
I brought my own water bottle from home and filled it up at the airport. US Airways is ghetto.
DeeMarie DeeMarie 9 years
I just flew US Airways 2 weeks ago and it was horrible. First, they advertised their drinks and prices on the TV as a commercial, then one of the flight crew got on the mic and just repeated the advertisement. The WORST part was halfway through the flight I was woken up to the flight attendant on the mic trying to sell us US Airways credit cards. He talked for a good 4 minutes, then proceeded to pass out brochures around the cabin. I will NEVER fly US Airways again. I have to question their judgment when I'm paying for their service AND they interrupt my flight to try and have me apply for a credit card!!!!
tiggerchick2 tiggerchick2 9 years
Pretty soon they'll be charging to use the bathroom. It's getting ridiculous. Personally I would take my own drinks on board and cut out the extra charges.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
I'm just wondering which airline will be the first to duct tape passengers to the wings of their planes?
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
are there exceptions for like flights over 4 hours or something? I definitely think you should be able to get a free trip for really long flights, but short ones I'm okay without it.
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