Fewer Amenities When You Fly… But Instead You'll Get A Lot More Ads!
from the can't-wait! dept
Have you flown lately? It’s becoming less and less enjoyable by the day, it seems. Many airlines are dumping features, adding fees and making sure customer service is about as frustrating as possible. On top of all that, it appears that airlines are so focused on cost cutting that they’re looking to do whatever possible to shave the slightest bit of weight from each flight (fewer passengers would be one suggestion) including one airline that discovered removing seatback magazines saved thousands of dollars by making the airplane lighter (yes, seriously).
So, what do you have to look forward to on flights these days? Well, advertisements! There’s a new startup that is promising to put contextual ads everywhere from your boarding pass to the check-in terminals and (we’re sure) to the seatbacks in front of you on the plane. Now, of course, this idea isn’t entirely new. Over in Europe discount airlines have been offering up cheap fares while making it up with all sorts of other fees and services. But, then again, no one’s talking about cheap fares in the US either. In the meantime, if they’re looking for ideas, I still think the flying casino may be the best idea yet. Get people to simply gamble away their money while flying across the country. However, until that comes to pass, expect worse service, fewer amenities, more fees… and tons of advertising.