Arthur Frommer

September 20, 2009 12:00 AM

Fees may turn us all into backpackers

Why does it matter? Why should a fee affecting flights within the U.K. and Europe be of significance to readers on my side of the Atlantic? It's because decisions by the U.K.' s leading low-cost airline have a disturbing tendency to influence later decisions by U.S. airlines flying domestically. Ryanair was the first to institute a la carte pricing in air travel, and the system it inaugurated has since been copied — triumphantly, enthusiastically, wholeheartedly — by American carriers.

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