4

Based Here. Best Here. Surely You Jest Here?

Let's see, that's $15, another $15, another $15 ... oh, screw it.
^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

In the dumbest move since your Texas Rangers decided to fix their first base problems with a guy who has never played the position, American Airlines is announcing it will skip the nickel-and-diming of customers and go right to the $15 gouging.

I know, $30 for your checked bag to go round trip with you is ridiculous. It’s fundamentally revolting. Don’t be surprised if the public backlash forces a reversal faster than when some carbonated buffoons once rolled out this bright idea.

But it could be worse. Imagine if you were a band, a high-school choir, a college football team, Major League Soccer club or, worse, a traveling suitcase salesman. The fee for the 6th-plus bags is a whopping $200.

Most sports teams forced to fly commercial will certainly be smart enough to find ways around the fees. But think about – for example – all the bags, trunks and bulky equipment that a TV station like Channel 8 has to fly to Oxnard, California so Dale Hansen and his ego can cover Dallas Cowboys’ training camp.

It’s just another sign of how drastically traveling to play and to watch your favorite teams play has changed in 20 years. When I started flying in the late ‘80s to cover Mavericks and Cowboys games for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, I could use another writer’s ticket without showing any ID. I could use my laptop during takeoff and landing. I could eat a hot meal with a metal fork. Shoot, I could even do this in the back of the bird.

Now, the only thing that will make flying tolerable will be watching the entertaining race and jostle for overhead bin space. Screw courtesy, now it’s about cash!

My favorite parts of the AA story are:

American has raised fares 14 times since mid-April.

American does not plan to offer refunds if suitcases do not arrive with the plane.

What's next, American charging an extra $50 for each foam finger you take into American Airlines Center?

If you need me, I’ll be buying my tickets to California before the bag fee’s June 14 deadline. -- Richie Whitt

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.