September 29, 2010 3 Comments Under Lighten Up
Everytime you turn around, one or more airlines is charging you a fee to fly the friendly skies, as if they alone own the skies. From baggage fees to priority boarding fees to beverage fees, the cost of flying continues to soar. (NOTE: This does not include Southwest Airlines.) So what does a frequent or infrequent flyer do to avoid these outrageous costs? Think Friends and start layering.
Just like Joey wore everything Chandler owned in response to the former hiding the latter’s clothes, why don’t we just layer on everything we’ll need for our trip and wear that on the airplane? For the business traveler, just stuff your pockets with toiletry items, underwear and snacks. Who cares if you repeatedly don the same skirt, pants and/or jacket? Just explain to your employer or client that you’re saving them money.
For vacationers, things might be a little more complicated. If you’re headed for the mountains, the layers of sweaters and long underwear might be a tad uncomfortable; however, if you’re headed to the beach, you don’t have that much to pack anyway, hence less to adorn. In any case, make maximum use of your pockets, hats and shirt sleeves as they offer vital storage areas.
Children are a bigger challenge. For tots, consider using their ears as safe places for small items, which may help with the children-screaming-their-lungs-out-because-of-cabin-pressure issue. Older children may be able to fit in a carry-on to stuff in the overhead, but you’d still likely be paying extra fees which defeats the purpose. Or here’s a thought: leave the kids at home. By doing so, passengers have a greater chance of disembarking the aircraft without a throbbing headache.
What am I missing with this solution? I’ll try it if you will.