Would you pay to be at the front of the line when your flight lands? A new survey by Airfarewatchdog.com thinks so. The site found 16 per cent of respondents are willing to pay to be at the front of the line, while 10 per cent would pay $10 and 3 per cent would pay up to 20 bucks.
“They’re willing to pay to board early and sit in those uncomfortable seats, so why wouldn’t they pay for the reverse, to get out of those uncomfortable seats?” George Hobica, Airfarewatchdog’s founder, told USA Today.
There’s no telling whether that fee will become a reality, Hobica added. Just look at what airlines charge for today, from baggage to snacks and leg room.
Thankfully, some airlines are being more proactive about bundling ridiculous fees into fares. Santa Monica, Calif.-based carrier Surf Air is one of them. For the price of admission, the airline lets passengers board directly and bring guests for free, if there’s room.
Could national carriers like Delta and U.S. Airways follow suit? Only time will tell if they get on board.