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Pay to choose where to sit

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Apart from almost three thousand dead, a shock to our consciences, two countries freed from their dictatorships - and since then subjected to terrorist attacks or a near-civil war - on September 11, 2001 it was also a screening among the airlines. Some of them disappeared, others embraced the legal figure of filing bankruptcy, and others grouped into alliances, hoping to survive the coming crisis.

Since then, passengers have found that the services that were previously taken for granted, as part of the ticket price, have become supplementary and of payment. First, the free press distribution disappeared, except in Business and First class, accompanied by the menus, which if they were a courtesy of the airline became merchandise with a price.

Afterwards, traveling with luggage that was not out of hand has also forced us to take out our wallet. With the excuse of increasing the speed of boarding, you are encouraged to travel only with hand luggage, of perfectly limited weight and dimensions. And if it is not done, to pay for it, for being stubborn, like the 9 euros per way of the Irish flag company or the newly increased 10 euros of his rival, the low cost, low serviceRyanair

Lately, companies like Aer Lingus no longer allow, at least at the time of booking online, to choose the seat in which we will spend several hours of flight. Unless we pay for it, of course. Interestingly, if we use the auto check-in machines at the airport, we can do it for free, although the number of places available is obviously reduced.

EasyJet and Ryanair, who had always assigned the sites according to the principle “the first one who arrives sits anywhere” (in the language of the bard, first come, first served), have decided to obtain additional income by charging those who are willing to pay for being among the first to board their aircraft. He Priority Boarding Fee It will place them at the head of the queue (not a pun), rivaling families with children and people in a wheelchair, for the flights of the company that sports a harp at its helm. He Speedy boarding EasyJet does the same with its passengers. In fact, the British turn the sterling pound one more turn and have invented the Speedy Boarding Plus, which also offers them its own check-in counter, at the airports where this service is available.

Given that we all fly on the same plane, it won't take off until The slowest There is, finally, embarked and that we all landed together, is it worth it, unless you don't have checked luggage, pay for something like that? Also, taking into account that you generally do not know what type of plane your route covers, and that there are those that allow you to leave the device both by a front door and by a rear exit, you can find that you leave at the same time as the last monkey. Since the seats are identical, is there any advantage in entering the first one? Is it that everyone who flies has read where it is, statistically, safer to sit and compete for that privilege?

I have observed that everyone runs to sit in the front of the plane so I calmly take the opposite and go to the back, where I enjoy a window seat. And, generally, the seats next to me are empty. Hunky-dory.

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