Enjoy Your Flight, But Good Luck Escaping Ads
Overhead bins, seat backs, and even safety videos are featuring commercials
By Dustin Lushing, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2011 6:25 PM CDT
In this 2009 file photo, a plane flies into Portland International Airport in Portland, Ore.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)

(Newser) – Your next flight could feel like being stuck inside a commercial. Various US airlines, desperate for revenue, are beginning to cram advertising into every corner of their planes, including overhead bins, seat backs, napkins, flight attendants' aprons, and even through crew announcements and in-flight safety videos, reports USA Today. Delta, for instance, is running a Lincoln commercial after its video.

Want to slap your logo on the exterior of every Spirit Airlines jet for an entire year? Pony up $14 million. Or $196,000 will buy you three months' worth of space on overhead bins, and $18,500 for promotion on air-sickness bags. While airlines lap up extra revenue from the ads, some fliers are incensed over what they see as an intrusive annoyance. "If they want to bombard me with advertising, then give me a discount," says one customer.

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Tis_I
Oct 19, 2011 10:30 PM CDT
Just one more reason not to fly the friendly skies. The skies maybe friendly, but the airlines sure aren't.
Sing_Along
Oct 19, 2011 6:41 PM CDT
Personally I have no qualms with advertisements if this will keep the airlines from adding more fees to my flying. Id way rather watch a coke commercial that Im going to tune out most of the time then spend $25 to get my bag on the plane.
T.A.R.D.I.S
Oct 19, 2011 6:40 PM CDT
It's their plane they can do what they want