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Old Feb 12, 2011, 9:55 PM
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Default Airline Boycott Planned

A group of consumers is organizing an airline boycott in the form of a National No-Fly Week, July 10 - 16, 2011. We are hoping to spread the word, and need your help.

If the people of Egypt can overthrow a police state, why do we in America just sit still for price gouging, bag check fees, no-refund policies, overbooked flights, higher fees for extra inches of legroom and/or trip flexibility, ridiculous security practices and numerous other insults? The latest crime is that some airlines now want to charge a fee for checking in at the airport ticket counter and a fee to use the on-board restroom.

We're supposed to be the most democratic nation in the world, but we just bend over and let corporate America stick it to us. What happened to our revolutionary spirit? In the 1970s my generation stood up and ended the Viet Nam war (and got Richard Nixon out of office). But now we just sit on our obese ***** and do nothing. The people of Egypt put us to shame.

If a working class family of five saves for years to finance a vacation a Disney World and one of the parents is laid off from his or her job, every penny of their ticket price is LOST (unless they purchased a higher class of ticket or travel insurance that specifies coverage for a layoff). I recently had to cancel a trip, and even with trip insurance, could not receive a refund or even a credit! I spent a total of about 7 hours on hold with Expedia -- and the airline -- to no avail. And if you search online you will find thousands of customers with similar complaints.

Airlines have taken advantage of the post-911 Bush fear scenario to abuse customers. They need to reshape their business models and solve their financial problems using means other than torturing consumers.

We are asking America to support National No-Fly Week July 10 - 16, 2011. But it will take thousands -- millions -- of people to make it happen. Please support this boycott by refusing to book any travel during this period, and help us out by spreading the word in any way you can. The airlines need to get the message that we don't have to accept being cheated, manipulated and abused. Please tell your friends.

For a quick overview of the latest in fee abuses, visit these links:

http://www.dallasnews.com/travel/hea...rline-1349.ece

http://www.examiner.com/budget-trave...could-see-2011

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/airline-fee...ry?id=11734970
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Old Feb 12, 2011, 9:56 PM
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Default Airline Boycott Planned

A group of consumers is organizing an airline boycott in the form of a National No-Fly Week, July 10 - 16, 2011. We are hoping to spread the word, and need your help.

If the people of Egypt can overthrow a police state, why do we in America just sit still for price gouging, bag check fees, no-refund policies, overbooked flights, higher fees for extra inches of legroom and/or trip flexibility, ridiculous security practices and numerous other insults? The latest crime is that some airlines now want to charge a fee for checking in at the airport ticket counter and a fee to use the on-board restroom.

We're supposed to be the most democratic nation in the world, but we just bend over and let corporate America stick it to us. What happened to our revolutionary spirit? In the 1970s my generation stood up and ended the Viet Nam war (and got Richard Nixon out of office). But now we just sit on our obese ***** and do nothing. The people of Egypt put us to shame.

If a working class family of five saves for years to finance a vacation a Disney World and one of the parents is laid off from his or her job, every penny of their ticket price is LOST (unless they purchased a higher class of ticket or travel insurance that specifies coverage for a layoff). I recently had to cancel a trip, and even with trip insurance, could not receive a refund or even a credit! I spent a total of about 7 hours on hold with Expedia -- and the airline -- to no avail. And if you search online you will find thousands of customers with similar complaints.


Airlines have taken advantage of the post-911 Bush fear scenario to abuse customers. They need to reshape their business models and solve their financial problems using means other than torturing consumers.

We are asking America to support National No-Fly Week July 10 - 16, 2011. But it will take thousands -- millions -- of people to make it happen. Please support this boycott by refusing to book any travel during this period, and help us out by spreading the word in any way you can. The airlines need to get the message that we don't have to accept being cheated, manipulated and abused. Please tell your friends.

For a quick overview of the latest in fee abuses, , visit these links:

http://www.dallasnews.com/travel/hea...rline-1349.ece

http://www.examiner.com/budget-trave...could-see-2011

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/airline-fee...ry?id=11734970
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 2:58 AM
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first off...i cant lol, i fly for a living. second of all...im on board and find it crap to have to pay for everything...but whatever. if your going to charge me a baggage fee im ok with that, just refund me if you loose my bag or its been delayed. security practices are done by the TSA NOT the airlines...i cant believe how many people think its the same thing...its not. the only airline i know of that charges people a fee to check in at the airport is Ryan Air over in europe. and they no longer are legally able to charge a fee for the restroom either...that has been done away with. good luck with your boycott, as ridiculous as flying can be and a hassle no doubt...i really dont think this is going to happen...too many people need to fly for business or vacations
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 3:56 AM
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I agree with some of the things but not others

I agree with overbooking (unless its 1-5 people max depending on aircraft- due to the fact that alot of people do actually not make the flight, more than people realize but have a policy in place that states something like if you checked in then you have a seat and no overbooking if the flight is full.....this would work if anyone after the max capacity of the plane is put on standby but that rules are clear and accepted w/ a guarantee of next flight out if not flown.......quick concept no idea if it really would work but can be tweaked/modified)

The ridiculous security practices aren't as bad as people make it out to be, and they are there for our safety and that's the most important thing, just imagine if something did happen everyone would cry oh security should have stopped it...........people honestly need to stop overreacting about it, it really isn't that bad

just wondering, what airline has a fee to use the bathroom? i doubt that would be legal in any country

you can by refundable tickets, most don't because they are more expensive and ticket prices may seem high but they are actually cheaper in many cases to get to your destination if it is cross country and much less time consuming on the average, and comparing it to years ago when people say flying used to be so much cheaper......well count in inflation and ticket prices are actually much cheaper

now they need to overhaul their whole ticketing process, which includes pricing, terms and conditions and make it understandable and not have some crazy loopholes

the issue with fees is this, due to the competition for lower prices each airline tries to keep the ticket prices down and to cover other charges such as fuel, gate space, etc they charge fees, and what most people won't realize is that they used to be incorporated into the ticket price, so if you don't want fees then your ticket prices will go up x amount

The airlines need to hire capable and understanding agents who are trained properly and are understanding, but at the same time people cannot just take advantage of them and say that they are in the wrong all the time, i have flown and seen passangers go crazy because they think the FA is their butler and should do everything for them, their job is to make sure that everyone is safe and to assist in emergancies, they are not your butlers and shouldnt be treated like they aren't people too, but there are some that need to have training to be more polite and not so quick at judgment

Another important thing the airlines need to do is be more transparent and have policies that don't take advantage of situations such as only 24hours to report something with hard to find forms, and impossible to reach and/or understand people

yes there is alot to fix but there is alot to fix with many industries

and btw its not Viet Nam, its Vietnam, and the US pulled out of the War, they didn't end it
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 4:37 AM
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Naturally not everyone will be able to participate in the boycott. But for those who have the flexibility to schedule travel at a different time, this could really make a difference. Even if there are only 50,000 fewer travelers during the week of the boycott, the airlines WILL take notice!

What we really need now is media coverage and public awareness. If you could help out by spreading the word about National No-Fly Week, it may make a difference!

And FYI, this is not a complaint about TSA. We realize that is a separate issue. This is about the airlines manipulating and ripping off consumers with extra fees. Here are some URLS that can give you some more info:

Four most outrageous, unfair airline fees

http://www.dallasnews.com/travel/hea...rline-1349.ece

11 new airline fees you could see in 2011

http://www.examiner.com/budget-trave...could-see-2011

Airline Fees Jump By 50 Percent: Is It Unfair to Customers?

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/airline-fee...ry?id=11734970

Hidden Airline Fees: Unfair and Illegal

http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...d_illegal.html

Tourists to U.S. Hit with New Fee – Critics Say, Unfair

http://www.farecompare.com/articles/...-new-fee-poll/
DOMESTIC AIRLINE FEE CHART(LAST UPDATED 4/13/2010)
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 4:38 AM
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Here are some URLS that can give you some more info:
Four most outrageous, unfair airline fees

http://www.dallasnews.com/travel/hea...rline-1349.ece

11 new airline fees you could see in 2011

http://www.examiner.com/budget-trave...could-see-2011

Airline Fees Jump By 50 Percent: Is It Unfair to Customers?

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/airline-fee...ry?id=11734970

Hidden Airline Fees: Unfair and Illegal

http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...d_illegal.html

Tourists to U.S. Hit with New Fee – Critics Say, Unfair

http://www.farecompare.com/articles/...-new-fee-poll/
DOMESTIC AIRLINE FEE CHART(LAST UPDATED 4/13/2010)
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 4:48 AM
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Default airline boycott planned

A group of consumers is organizing an airline boycott in the form of a National No-Fly Week, July 10 - 16, 2011. We are hoping to spread the word, and need your help.

If the people of Egypt can overthrow a police state, why do we in America just sit still for price gouging, bag check fees, no-refund policies, overbooked flights, higher fees for extra inches of legroom and/or trip flexibility, ridiculous security practices and numerous other insults? The latest crime is that some airlines now want to charge a fee for checking in at the airport ticket counter and a fee to use the on-board restroom.

We're supposed to be the most democratic nation in the world, but we just bend over and let corporate America stick it to us. What happened to our revolutionary spirit? In the 1970s my generation stood up and ended the Viet Nam war (and got Richard Nixon out of office). But now we just sit on our obese ***** and do nothing. The people of Egypt put us to shame.

If a working class family of five saves for years to finance a vacation a Disney World and one of the parents is laid off from his or her job, every penny of their ticket price is LOST (unless they purchased a higher class of ticket or travel insurance that specifies coverage for a layoff). I recently had to cancel a trip, and even with trip insurance, could not receive a refund or even a credit! I spent a total of about 7 hours on hold with Expedia -- and the airline -- to no avail. And if you search online you will find thousands of customers with similar complaints.

Airlines have taken advantage of the post-911 Bush fear scenario to abuse customers. They need to reshape their business models and solve their financial problems using means other than torturing consumers.

We are asking America to support National No-Fly Week July 10 - 16, 2011. But it will take thousands -- millions -- of people to make it happen. Please support this boycott by refusing to book any travel during this period, and help us out by spreading the word in any way you can. The airlines need to get the message that we don't have to accept being cheated, manipulated and abused. Please tell your friends.

For a quick overview of the latest in fee abuses, visit these links:

Four most outrageous, unfair airline fees

http://www.dallasnews.com/travel/hea...rline-1349.ece

11 new airline fees you could see in 2011

http://www.examiner.com/budget-trave...could-see-2011

Airline Fees Jump By 50 Percent: Is It Unfair to Customers?

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/airline-fee...ry?id=11734970

Hidden Airline Fees: Unfair and Illegal

http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...d_illegal.html

Tourists to U.S. Hit with New Fee – Critics Say, Unfair

http://www.farecompare.com/articles/...-new-fee-poll/
DOMESTIC AIRLINE FEE CHART(LAST UPDATED 4/13/2010)
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 4:50 AM
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Hey dude.......please quit posting this in all the forums. Put it in one and leave it at that.
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 8:25 AM
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Start your own airline. Let us all know how that works for you.
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 10:02 AM
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It would be great if this happened, but it probably won't. Can we please dispel the myth that Ryanair charged or ever intended to charge for the toilets. Ryanair is run by a publicity hungry nutter who plants these stories in the press to gain publicity. He never had any intention of charging for the toilets and he has no intention of having passengers stand on some short haul flights. They are publicity stunts.
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 10:06 AM
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Gromit,
That is fatuous even by your standards.
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 12:21 PM
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Vietnam, Egypt, and airlines - not really on the same level.
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Old Feb 17, 2011, 3:09 AM
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I really don't see this happening.
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Old Feb 28, 2011, 6:24 AM
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50,000 fewer passengers? Not likely. Also as I understand it there are just over 28,000 airline flights per day on average in the US. So each flight averages 1-2 less people. Lot's of luck to you on that failure. Not only that, but it looks like you are planning this the week after the 4th of July? Does anyone in your organization have even the first clue about airline flights? Right after a major holiday the loads will be lighter as it is, since most people just did their family travels. Again, lots of luck to you on this failure.
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 9:45 AM
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A group of consumers is organizing an airline boycott in the form of a National No-Fly Week, July 10 - 16, 2011. We are hoping to spread the word, and need your help.

If the people of Egypt can overthrow a police state, why do we in America just sit still for price gouging, bag check fees, no-refund policies, overbooked flights, higher fees for extra inches of legroom and/or trip flexibility, ridiculous security practices and numerous other insults? The latest crime is that some airlines now want to charge a fee for checking in at the airport ticket counter and a fee to use the on-board restroom.

We're supposed to be the most democratic nation in the world, but we just bend over and let corporate America stick it to us. What happened to our revolutionary spirit? In the 1970s my generation stood up and ended the Viet Nam war (and got Richard Nixon out of office). But now we just sit on our obese ***** and do nothing. The people of Egypt put us to shame.

If a working class family of five saves for years to finance a vacation a Disney World and one of the parents is laid off from his or her job, every penny of their ticket price is LOST (unless they purchased a higher class of ticket or travel insurance that specifies coverage for a layoff). I recently had to cancel a trip, and even with trip insurance, could not receive a refund or even a credit! I spent a total of about 7 hours on hold with Expedia -- and the airline -- to no avail. And if you search online you will find thousands of customers with similar complaints.

Airlines have taken advantage of the post-911 Bush fear scenario to abuse customers. They need to reshape their business models and solve their financial problems using means other than torturing consumers.

We are asking America to support National No-Fly Week July 10 - 16, 2011. But it will take thousands -- millions -- of people to make it happen. Please support this boycott by refusing to book any travel during this period, and help us out by spreading the word in any way you can. The airlines need to get the message that we don't have to accept being cheated, manipulated and abused. Please tell your friends.

For a quick overview of the latest in fee abuses, visit these links:

http://www.dallasnews.com/travel/hea...rline-1349.ece

http://www.examiner.com/budget-trave...could-see-2011

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/airline-fee...ry?id=11734970


thanks for the info..
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Old May 6, 2011, 7:09 AM
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Remind me to fly this week, maybe some of the people who complain for no reason will stay home and make my flight much more peaceful.
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Old May 14, 2011, 9:18 AM
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Remind me to fly this week, maybe some of the people who complain for no reason will stay home and make my flight much more peaceful.

People will fly regardless, as many people still need to get from point A to their Summer destinations, and have trips planned out.
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