JetBlue to Charge $7 for a Pillow?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The latest outrage from the hobbled airline industry is the announcement that JetBlue — a low cost carrier based in the Northeast, will ding passengers $7 dollars to use a pillow and blanket! Before now, I have been sympathetic to the struggling airline industry who have been stung by historically high fuel prices but these so-called “a la carte fees” have become a customer rip-off.

Carriers like US Airways charges $15 for the first checked bag and $25 for a second. Last week, the airline began charging customers $2 for soda and water. It also collects a $5 fee for choice seating, $7 for meals, $5 for snack boxes and $7 for booze.

United Airlines charges for any checked bags, as well as a $14 option for additional legroom. American Airlines, charges for checked bags and offers $3 snack options and $5 hot meals on longer flights.

But $7 to use a pillow and blanket has crossed the line. I hope these carriers go out of business.

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18 Responses to JetBlue to Charge $7 for a Pillow?

  1. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    These fees are BS.

    What’s next? Charging to use the bathroom?

    Maybe $3 to pee and $5 to take a shit? It’s become so serious that only the wealthy can fly.

  2. DMason says:

    $7 dollars for a pillow? Sorry, but they can stay grounded as far as I’m concerned. I agree. These fees have crossed the line.

  3. feminazi says:

    I would never, ever, pay $7 dollars to use an airline pillow or blanket. I believe they’re used by other passengers and laundered. Anymore, passengers have become a nuisance to these carriers. Maybe people need to send the airlines a message by not flying so much?

  4. libhomo says:

    The underlying culprit is the Iraq war. It is driving up oil prices, and in turn jet fuel costs.

  5. Harry says:

    My partner and I went to Vegas last month for the weekend. The fares were the highest we’d seen and thought of dealing with the hassle turned us off, so we drove.

  6. Joe Blow says:

    First, they started charging extra to sit in the exit row, then they started charging a fee for the second checked bag, and now they charge a pillow/blanket fee!

    JetBlue, which was once a very customer friendly airline, has become just another no-good, money hungry, low life extortion racket!

    Don’t they realize how many customers these ridiculos fees are pissing off? It won’t be very long before JetBlue goes out of business!

  7. Estacada says:

    I never fly JetBlue but I do fly Southwest.

    Unless they’ve changed their policy in the past 2 months, Southwest still didn’t charge for a checked bag or for a can of soda. Until that changes I plan to remain true to Southwest.

  8. Gary says:

    I think you need a few points of clarification, the $7 is not to use the pillow and blanket but to buy it. Then you can take it anywhere you want, I saw a picture of it, its a realy pillow and blanket, not those cheesey fake things that are nasty and on airlines now. I would rather buy it from my seat for $7 than pay twice that at their airport rip off store.

  9. Walk on Socks says:

    I really don’t care if the $7 dollars is to use the pillow or to buy it. It’s still a preposterous fee to expect weary travelers to fork over.

    The airline industry is less popular today with the American public than the Post Office and they have only themselves to blame.

  10. Jared says:

    Do you really want these carriers to go out of business?

  11. fran says:

    Late night humor overheard:

    • They should give free beer & charge to use the restrooms. Toilet paper an additional charge as well.

    • People will next be seen wearing all the clothes they would have packed to avoid the baggage fee…. 6 pairs of underwear, 5 pairs of pants, several shirts…..

    • What next? Your air mask will drop down in an emergency…. but if you want the oxygen to flow, insert your credit card…..

  12. Conejo1982 says:

    $7 dollars for a pillow?

    Ah, have you ever tried to use one of those sucky airline pillows? Unless the pillow is standard size, filled with feathers and wrapped in a cotton pillowcase, the airlines can stick it.

    No wonder people detest the airlines nowadays.

  13. Jim says:

    It’ll be a cold day in hell before I pay $7.00 for a lousy pillow. The airlines are going to destroy themselves.

  14. Randy Arroyo says:

    I can imagine the future of flying. Deposit 4 quarters in the slot in the airplane bathroom for number one and 8 quarters for number two. Those not wanting to pay can hold it until the flight lands.

  15. Afrit007 says:

    And that’s why I refuse to fly. Like we didn’t see this coming.

  16. Rachel says:

    The last time I flew was such an unpleasant experience. Security, the crowds, the plane was dirty and believe it or not, I actually felt sorry for the flight attendants. They looked worn out and over it. I remember as a young girl thinking how glamorous travel was and for a time, I thought about becoming a flight attendant just to get the travel perks. I’m glad I chose a different career. There is nothing glamorous about travel.

  17. Brigadoon says:

    To tell the truth, I don’t even like sitting in the seat of a plane when I have to clue who was sitting there before me. I’m kinda’ a germ freak and I like things very clean or I can’t relax. I can honestly say I have never used an airline pillow before. Even on a long flight.

  18. sean says:

    $7 for a brand new 10″ by 12″ fluffy pillow and a large brand new fleece blanket that I can keep – I’LL TAKE IT. I mean I loved being handed those used blankets and pillows and blankets that reeked of beer farts. Get you info straight before you publish, idiot.

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