Blanket and Pillow? That'll Be $7 on US Airways

Airline to charge for blankets & pillows
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2009 2:15 AM CST
A US Airways flight lands at Newark airport. The airline will begin charging passengers for pillows and blankets this month.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans, file)
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(Newser) – A warm snooze on a US Airways flight will cost passengers an extra $7, reports AP. US Airways will begin charging for a "Power-Nap Sack"—a blanket, pillow and other nap extras—later this month. Jet Blue announced a similar policy last summer as airlines began charging for what used to be free.

What appears to some travelers to be nickel-and-diming is "a natural extension of our 'pay for what you use' model we began rolling out last year," said a US Airways marketing executive. US Airways traffic fell 6.2% last month.
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