BYO Blanket: The Future of Coach Class

Physician's Money Digest, November 2005, Volume 12, Issue 15

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Up, up, and away—that's where mostof the amenities offered by US airlines aregoing, unless you can afford a seat upfront. If you plan on flying coach aboardone of the major airlines, doctor, don't besurprised when the flight attendant doesnot hand you a bag of pretzels with yoursoft drink. Although the drinks are still freefor now, almost all other onboard freeamenities are being nixed by the cash-strappedairlines in an attempt to save afew bucks—and that includes pillows, too.While those in coach will receive barebonesservice, an article in the points out that passengers in firstand business class on domestic flights willreceive extra attention. Instead of eliminatingamenities up front, airlines areintroducing new frills such as lay-flat seatsand wireless Internet service. According tothe article, the airlines areturning their attention to the big spenders.