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As if we weren’t already being a*s-raped with service fees, taxes, charges for checked baggage and oh yeah, snacks… Now airlines want us to pay for in-flight pillows and blankets. Pop the hood for more.

American Airlines is joining Jet Blue and US Air in charging for the basic necessities to getting a lil’ shuteye and keeping warm.

The Fort Worth-based carrier said Monday that it will take the free red blankets out of its coach section on all North American flights as of May 1. On flights of more than two hours, passengers in coach can buy a blanket and pillow for $8.

“We evaluate all aspects of our business, and we have to make sure that decisions like this are prudent and strategic for the long-term success of our company,” American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said Monday. “As a result, we’re removing the blankets and pillows from selected flights.”

The new policy applies to coach passengers on flights to the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, she said. The airline will still provide pillows and blankets at no extra cost in first class and business class and to all passengers to other international destinations.

The $8 will buy a passenger a blue fleece blanket, an inflatable neck pillow and a coupon good for $10 off a Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. purchase of at least $30, all contained in a clear, zippered pouch, Huguely said.

JetBlue Airways Corp. and US Airways Inc. already offer $7 kits to passengers who want a blanket and pillow.

This is outrageous — we understand everyone is feeling the strain of the recession but cotdamn, can we live? These airlines are making it damn near impossible to enjoy a flight anymore!!!




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