I can tell just by the sheer intelligence of the comments that are regularly posted on this site, that News Cut readers are smart — smart enough, I’m betting, to come up with a way around the fees that Northwest Airlines has decided to impose on the traveling public.
To recap, they are: $15 for the first checked bag. I assume this is actually a $30 charge, since you pay the same thing coming back. A $25 fee for frequent flier tickets ($50 across the Atlantic and $100 across the Pacific. If you’re wondering — and even if you’re not — it costs about $1,460 to fly round-trip to Tokyo) The fee for changing your non-refundable ticket will go up to $150.
Alright, let’s put our heads together here and figure out a work-around.
Can we expect to see people trying to jam Titannic-sized trunks into the overhead compartments? How much can we squeeze into a backpack. Is there a market out there for disposable jeans and T-shirts that only last about a week and can be purchased at your destination, used, then tossed?
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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