If You Want it, Pay For It!
I’m not typically one to give kudos to Spirit Airlines, nor do I gain any financial incentive from them, but I can say, I recently took a trip on Spirit, yes I was desperate, and the seating was not too bad. It caused me to pause and think. Should airlines seats recline?
I know there has been plenty of controversy in recent times regarding this issue and some of the episodes have even landed on the national news. Obviously, that’s humanity displaying their depravity. Having a glass of water thrown in your face for reclining your seat all the way back is going a little far, even for some of the ignoramuses that have done it to me.
The recent flight I was on with Spirit advertised their seats as “pre-reclined.” Great marketing. Basically it means, they DON’T recline. However, it was a 2.5 hour flight and the plane was new. Even with very little space between the seats, I was quite comfortable and felt I was getting what I paid for. We had a last minute trip to Minneapolis. I had check with the other major carriers and found Spirit to be an overall savings of nearly a thousand dollars compared to the other airlines.
If you’ve ever been sitting with your laptop open on your pull down tray, or had a glass of cold water sitting on the tray when the thoughtless traveler in front of you reclined their seat to the maximum amount, you will understand why I think “pre-reclined” seats are a good idea. It can prevent many disagreements and alleviate some of the anxiety felt by passengers from all the cost cutting and savings gimmicks the airlines are imposing on to us the traveling public.
I kind of like the idea of pay for what you want. If you want an isle or window seat, you should have to pay an upcharge for it. Why should I pay the same price for the middle seat and have to climb over you while you are sprawled out asleep just so I can go to the bathroom? If you want more leg room, pay an upcharge and sit in the exit row where there’s more leg room.
Josh Barro of The New York Times says; “Don’t Want Me to Recline My Airline Seat? You Can Pay Me.” If you want to recline your seat to the full position, why don’t you pay an upcharge to sit in an area that has more leg room for the passenger behind you when you choose to fully recline Josh?
And while we’re talking about upcharges, don’t throw everything you own into a bag you plan on cramming in over my head just to save the charge for checking the bag into the lower compartment. If I have to wait for my luggage to be delivered over the conveyor belts in baggage claim, you should have to pay a premium for stowing yours overhead and having access to it when you depart the aircraft.
But I digress. Many airlines are making significant changes to the configuration of seats and how they function in the aircraft. The lines between first class and business class have become almost invisible.
Customer service is pretty much a thing of the past when it comes to air travel. We all want the cheapest airfare we can get and the airlines are doing everything to accommodate while keeping their profits at all-time highs. Gareth Evans, Qantas' chief financial officer, said "Little changes add up to millions of dollars." With airlines cutting cost in every way possible, I’m inclined to believe that more airlines will be going this direction.
In the meantime, show some respect and common decency for your fellow traveler. It’s not all about you.
You can read more about airline seat etiquette here.