Say it ain't so: Continental Airlines charging for exit row, too
If you’re a golfer, you are probably already displeased that that most airlines charge for checked bags (golf clubs have to be checked). On top of that, several have been assessing fees for aisle or window seats, most have discontinued free meal service and several more hit you up for a couple of bucks for a Coke. Where it will end?
Well, we just learned that Houston-based Continental Airlines, which actually still serves coach passengers free meals (paltry as they may be), has free sodas and does not charge for aisle or window seats, will now charge customers who reserve an exit row seat for the extra leg room.
Now let me get this straight: You’re in an exit row, and a nice flight attendant visits with you before taxi and asks you if you understand your emergency duties. You know, that’s the part where if the plane crashes or makes a sloppy landing, and you are still conscious, you are responsible for removing the exit door and helping your fellow passengers escape. It’s not that I don’t mind doing my part, but I really don’t think you should get charged $59 (rates vary depending on routes) for the added responsibility.
I know Continental isn’t the first airline to charge extra to reserve an exit row seat, but I was hoping my home-based carrier would resist following suit. As it is, I often opt to fly Southwest Airlines (which only flies out of Hobby on the other side of Houston) if the fares are similar because Southwest doesn’t charge for bags. Of course, Continental’s Elite flyers can reserve exit rows for free – and they also get their first bag checked for free – but, alas, I always seem to fall a few miles short of Elite.
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