I don't really keep up with the news, but I do glance over a homepage with headlines each day to see if anything catches my eye that I might want to read more about.
Today, I saw that American Airlines will soon begin charging people an additional $15 per checked bag. Now I never fly AA, but unless their prices + the checked bag fee were ridiculously lower than everyone else's I certainly won't start now. They say it's to help out with the rising fuel costs. That's all fine and dandy, but I'm thinking this isn't really going to increase their business. People don't like forking over extra cash, especially for something they previously didn't have to pay for. I'm no marketing expert, but I think they would have been better of just raising their airfare a bit and getting the extra cash there. It's one of those mind over matter things... either way, if the trip is going to cost you more than it will with another carrier whether you pay up front or at the gate for your bag, I have a feeling they'll be losing some business.
And don't think that the solution is to just carry your bag on. Not only is this not practical if you're going anywhere for more than a couple of days, you also can't take any liquids without going through a 9-step process to contain them.
I'm starting to wonder if you'd be better off flying somewhere, using hotel toiletries, grabbing some extra clothes at Good Will, and then donating them back before you head home.
The other interesting headline was about a parrot in Tokyo who got lost after flying out of his cage. He was able to share his full name and street address so the people who found him were able to get him back to his owner. My favorite part? "He even entertained vetrinary hospital staff with a few cheerful songs while waiting for his owner to arrive."