From the industry that brought you the pay-to-pee fee and the $7 pillow, there's now a new way to give them a little extra money: for ten bucks you can cut the boarding line.
Of course we're just waiting for the fee for breathing air in the airplane (premium air with additional oxygen extra), a napping fee (for those with the audacity not to rent movie headphones or buy $2 sodas) and very possibly a flight attendant consulting fee, charged to anyone with a query such as "When do we land?"
In the meantime, this is what the Associated Press reports about Southwest Airlines' latest effort to suck more money out of fliers:
The Dallas-based discount carrier said Wednesday that for an extra $10 each way Southwest passengers can automatically reserve a boarding position prior to general check-in. That would allow those customers to begin boarding the plane after certain elite fliers, who don't have to pay add-on fees for early boarding privileges.
Unlike other carriers, Southwest does not offer assigned seating.
MainStreet wants to know what do you think: Will cutting in line lead to more air rage? Whatever happened to just getting to the gate on time?
—The Associated Press contributed to this story