Jul 14, 2009
Now that's a WorldPerk!
I fly several times a year, usually cross country. Being in Detroit the default airline is Northwest Airlines, or Northworst as they are, not so affectionately, known around here. They are in the middle of a merger with Delta Airlines.
I took a Delta flight recently. Compared to NWA it was like living in the lap of luxury. We had pillows and blankets, big seats and TV. They gave us peanuts. If I’m lying, I’m dying…. honest to goodness peanuts. I am very happy about this merger, so long as I don’t get screwed out of any of my frequent flyer miles.
NWA gave up free peanuts ages ago. You can however, purchase snacks for the flight. Your choices are cheese & fruit plate - $2; Mini-can of Pringles - $2; bag of M&M’s -$2 and for those who like the element of surprise in their snacking, the “Snack Box” - $5.
NWA also recently eliminated pillows and blankets, cheap bastards. They have small, cramped seats which gives the phrase “know thy neighbor” a whole new meaning. Don’t get me started on how they charge for checked luggage. This stupid policy encourages carry-on luggage, which brings the security and boarding process to a crawl. Before news of this merger, I fully expected to hear about them installing coin slots on the airplane lavatories.
Of course, NWA is not nearly as bad as Southwest Airlines. There are no assigned seats on SW flights. First come, first served. I took one flight with them. After being elbowed and shoved by my fellow passengers in their desperate attempt to get an aisle seat, I vowed never to fly with them again. Although I hear they are adding sunroofs to their planes now….. sounds intriguing. Maybe I’ll re-think my boycott.
SIDENOTE: Did you notice more commas in this post? Commas mystify me. Other than in lists of things, I just can't seem to place them properly. So, I decided that ,overuse of the comma is better, than underuse.