Holdups at the Airport

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Regarding the Aug. 13 editorial "Pillows and Planes":

The $7 fee for comfort items should come as no surprise to air travelers who have already been bumped off overbooked flights, imprisoned on taxiways and gouged on prices. It will not be shocking when a $10 surcharge is levied to obtain a seat with an FAA-approved, functioning seat belt.

Thus, it will be anticlimactic when, the next time a plane makes an emergency landing, an airline beleaguered by soaring fuel prices imposes a $20 fee for use of the emergency exit. Of course, this charge must be paid by credit card before the passenger descends on the inflated chute.

On second thought, $4-a-gallon gasoline may not be so painful after all.

BARRY SHMOOKLER

Rockville


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