More airlines join the big consumer squeeze
God, I'm angry. I could pull the head off a mouse, I'm so apoplectic with rage. Actually I'm not, but I was mildly irritated reading this morning's Telegraph.
See, nothing upsets me more than short people. More specifically, nothing upsets me more than short people loafing about in plane seats with extra legroom. The merest sight is guaranteed to have me wanting to punch the back of their heads. You're short. You don't need it. You're a bastard. And so on.
Of course there are seats in economy with additional legroom, but these come at a cost. Thomson has charged for these seats for years, as has Virgin Atlantic and other airlines. Now other scheduled airlines are getting in on the act; Singapore Airlines is following the lead of Air France and is to charge customers for the privilege. A spokesman for Singapore Airlines said:
"We believe customers will welcome this service as it offers them more choice. The ability to confirm these seats prior to check-in will give passengers peace of mind when booking flights with us."
Balls. This type of service isn't to offer extra choice; it's to squeeze as much money as possible out of consumers. And boy are they trying their damnedest; Air France is charging £42 per single fare while Singapore Airelines is charging £32 per flight - if you have a multi-legged trip, you're charged £32 per leg.
The reason I get so emotional, is because a plane's seating is spaced out to provide adequate legroom for passengers of average height, about 5' 10", so a shorter person can enjoy a perfectly comfortable flight in a normal seat. Anybody of my height - 6' 4" - can't. Every airline is happy to take my money knowing full well my trip will be bloody miserable. I shouldn't have to pay extra to travel in a modicum of comfort when common sense would ensure everybody did.
Of course that doesn't matter in the slightest; a quick totting up of how many economy seats offer extra legroom per flight and how much revenue a single flight can generate, means no airline is going to change their ways anytime soon.
In the meantime, if you're the prick who reclines their seat as fast and as hard as possible, as if it's a time-trial, could you please refrain from doing so. Not only would it mean me arriving at the destination without bruised knees, but I'd be less likely to retaliate by sticking one in your back every opportunity I get. Short arse.