En route to Mumbai today, I stepped up at the Spicejet counter to get my boarding pass. As is my habit, I requested for the emergency exit seat. Imagine my shock, when the lady asked me to pay 500/- for it!!!
Yes!! There is a charge now for the emergency exit seat. Not long ago, cabin crew could be heard pleading, cajoling to one of the passengers to occupy emergency exit seat as, as per the guidelines, during take off and landing, these have to be manned. But since these are non reclining and one can’t keep handbag, etc on oneself while seated here, most people were reluctant to sit here. I love them for the leg room as they made for un-claustrophobic air travel for me. Alas! The airlines have cottoned on to my (and many others) ploy and decided to cash in on it.
I was aghast and made my feelings known to the airline personnel checking me in and she informed me that some other airlines are also charging for a window and aisle seats as well.
Wow! This is all news to me and am sure to many others.
I remember the time air travel had suddenly become affordable and viable to most of us who preferred train travel up until then.
Now that we are converted to it, comes the stinger. Long waits/re-scheduling of flights, paid meals, less baggage, 200-250 INR charged per kg for extra baggage, 200 INR for a printout of the ticket and now payment for seat preference.
Not to mention the rip off being perpetrated by the private cab companies and Airport authorities in the guise of charging 80/- from the passengers for airport parking charges which are added to the cab fare.
Phew!! its back to the dark ages for me for sure …..er… I meant train travel!!