Given that US (I’d rather refer to them by their ticker symbol, LCC) started charging for non-alcoholic drinks yesterday, I figured today would be a pretty funny day in the news and on FlyerTalk. Surprisingly enough, most are reporting pretty smooth sailing so far.
One highlight was the pin that flight62 (who I believe is a US FA) made, which I’d be very tempted to buy if I were a US flyer. Genius!
I also stumbled upon this gem of an article on Newsday, which is pretty boring other than one quotation which I couldn’t help but laugh at (bolding mine):
Anna Tanguma, 56, of Denver, said she was equally disturbed by the new drink charges. As thirsty as she was, she said she endured the entire flight without buying any beverages. She said she was “proud” to see that her fellow passengers also resisted.
Lady, are you serious? You do realize that US would be perfectly happy if everyone “resisted,” because they’re able to lower their catering costs substantially this way. You’re not showing anyone by resisting!
As View From the Wing points out, the way to show you’re not happy with the new policy is by becoming rude and arguing, as long as it’s not to the point that you get kicked off the flight:
Those that get confrontational, flight attendants are allowed to give those passengers their drink for free. Just don’t get too confrontational or they may have law enforcement meet your plane on arrival.