American Airlines Now Charging Fees To Non-Passengers (The Onion). Go ahead and read the whole thing—it is hilarious! A snip:
"American Airlines, which posted a $1.45 billion loss in the second quarter of 2008 alone, claimed that the new fees—including the Taking A Shower Fee, the Knowing What An Airplane Looks Like Fee, and the Eating E.L. Fudge Cookies While Watching A Rerun Of House Fee—will help the company rebound. According to internal projections, the airline will recoup $500 million in the next three months alone, with nearly 80 percent of that revenue coming from citizens asleep at home...
"'American Airlines charged me for cleaning out my attic,' said 74-year-old Samantha Pratt, a New Jersey resident who has not left the state since 2005. 'Sure, I didn't have to wait in any long lines, or go through invasive security searches, and I got to clean out my attic, which is something I've been wanting to do for weeks, but come on now.'"
Thanks to the MiForum listserv for the pointer!