SOURCE: Cheapflights


January 14, 2010 11:49 ET

Cheapflights Asks What Will Airlines Charge for Next?

Paying to Go Potty Is Number One

TORONTO--(Marketwire - January 14, 2010) - Last year was the year of unbundled fares, peak-travel supplements and more and more fees. Now, with baggage fees back in the news, passengers are once again wondering what they'll pay for next. Cheapflights, the international flight price search and comparison website recently decided to find out and asked its web visitors across the globe what they think airlines will charge for next.

"Last year, Cheapflights Canada took a fun walk down memory 'aisle' and created a list of things that used to be standard on flights and now... are not," Mo Bullbrook, Head of International Development commented. "Due to the phenomenal response we received, we decided to have some more fun with this and take it globally to see what our users around the world think about what's next? It was interesting to see the similarities in responses from North America, Europe and Australia and definitely fun to see the differences."

The question was asked in seven different markets -- Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Australia, Canada and the U.S. Most respondents, over 40% overall, thought that carriers would charge for using the toilet. It made the top of the list for all countries except Italy, where being charged for talking to the crew and sleeping ranked higher.

Number two on the list, with 11% overall, was that airlines would charge for membership of the Mile High Club. This was a particularly popular response in Canada and the US with almost 20% from Canadian respondents and 14% from the US. The response from romantically inclined Europeans to paying for this naughty act, varied widely. Just 4% of Spanish and Italians and one per cent of French chose this answer, suggesting that Europeans consider this a right, rather than a privilege, on board flights.

Next to make the list was looking out the window where 9% believed they would be charged for this privilege followed by 8% believing they would have to pay to recline their chairs. Additional responses included speaking with cabin crew, sleeping, sick bags, oxygen, safety jackets and using the emergency exit.

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