The Flight Detective recently wrote a post about wanting to keep the window shade open while on a flight, even though the flight attendant said to close it. And it got me to thinking…it’s one thing for them ask you to lower (or raise) your window shade, but can they actually FORCE you to do it?
Airlines know what seats people will pay the most for. Therefore, they’ve separated the cabin into seat categories and charge a fee according to the demand for each type of seat. The categories vary from something as simple as preferred seats, which aren’t any different from other seats besides being closer to the front of the plane than the back. Some low-cost carriers like Spirit and Frontier will charge extra for all the aisle and window seats, knowing people will pay to avoid being in the dreaded middle seat (although that may change in the future).
The next section airlines will charge more for are the “extra” seats. These are the seats the airlines install with some extra legroom. There are multiple reasons for airlines to have these seats. They’re the ones frequent flyers can choose when buying a ticket so they ensure they can have a comfortable flight. For the rest of the passengers who don’t want to be crammed in shoulder to shoulder, it’s a way to pay for a somewhat more civilized flying experience.
There are two other rows of the plane included with the “extra” section. The exit rows and the bulkhead row(s). I totally get the appeal of an exit row but for the life of me, I can’t understand the appeal of the bulkhead.
I remember the first time I ever saw that white vapor coming down from the vents above me – you know the one I’m talking about, right? – I had no idea of what it was and it scared the crap out of me – I figured the plane was on fire and why wasn’t anyone doing anything about it?
(Note: yes, I know the video is upside down. My phone is doing weird stuff and capturing photos and video backwards. I uploaded it to YouTube without editing it because I thought YT had a video editor onboard. But it turns out they ended that about a year ago. Go figure. But really…it’s 6 seconds and it’s vapor. You get the gist, even if it is upside down. It’s just not worth pulling out the iMovie software for…)
Have you ever wondered what it is? Why it is? I did. So I went and found out…
Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.