Thought for the day….” Never reach out your hand unless you’re willing to extend an arm”
” Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face”
Airlines again. So often, things that originate in the USA slowly trickle their way to the rest of the world. Already the major airlines in Europe are beginning to charge for check-in baggage, and at least one budget airline (Wizzair) is even charging for carry-on baggage. Meals, which used to be included in airfares, are often becoming buy-on-board. Lufthansa’s new Airbus A320neos will have LESS legroom than Ryanair. Like Ryanair, Lufthansa is now charging for check in baggage, something that is now becoming standard amongst airlines. Now the news is coming from the USA that United Airlines is going even further. They are introducing a new even more economy ticket. As well as not having the usual benefits (things like being able to pre-reserve a seat), passengers travelling on the cheapest tickets will now not be allowed to use the overhead luggage bins, and they will only be allowed to store small bags under their seats. No doubt that this idea will spread from the USA, as airlines will see it as another way to devalue economy class even more. And spare a thought for the cabin crews, who will now have to police who is putting baggage in the overhead luggage bins, surely a nightmare for them. So economy passengers will be squeezed in even more (Lufthansa) then will not be able to pre-reserve seats, then will have to pay for previously free meals, will not earn air miles, and if the United Airlines move spreads, will be forbidden from putting bags in the overhead bins.
Years ago, people mocked Ryanair when it suggested making passengers pay to use the toilets onboard. The way that things are going with the airlines, then those days might not be so far away.
Time for another portrait photo from the collection. Originally a colour photo, the picture works so well in Black & White. Great, neutral expression on the woman’s face, and perfect natural lighting. The quality of the Fuji glass is clear in this photo.
and another photo from the archives….
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