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- Posted:Friday, January 22, 2010
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In recent years we've all enjoyed lower airline prices with bargain sales and packing very lightly to avoid extra charges, but could 2010 bring an end to budget air travel for a lot of people?
Last year seen a certain bright yellow European carrier become very strict with their carry-on luggage allowance and check-in methods. This in turn resulted in some travellers looking elsewhere and paying that little bit extra to avoid restrictions. And now we're only starting out in 2010 and already two airlines are in the news over extra charges and regulations. Air France became a talking point this week as they announced they will be implementing a new rule from February 1st where overweight passengers will be made to buy two seats. They're following in the footsteps of some US carriers by claiming that obese passengers pose a safety hazard to other passengers and will from now on make them book the extra seat.
Also hitting the travel headlines were Ryanair who have decided to resurrect what many have christened the 'pee fee'! O'Leary and co brought this to light last year and the most recent update is that they are progressing on implementing a toilet charge on flights of one hour or less. These toilets will be coin operated and they are currently in talks with Boeing about refitting these toilets to their aircrafts.
So, with these extra charges and regulations coming to light only halfway through January we can't help but wonder what the rest of 2010 will bring for air travel. Will we all be standing on flights this time next year? What do you think the future of air travel brings and are these newest regulations fair to all airline passengers? But if you do decide to fly and these extra charges are going to be hitting your wallet then make up the difference by saving on your accommodation and book a cheap hostel for your trip on Hostels.com