EVEN MORE D.L.: ‘Baby on Board’ buttons may be a sign of the times
I’ve tried putting a positive spin on all that. I tell myself it saves me from the challenge of seeing how much I can cram into my suitcase so I can stuff it into the overhead bin and avoid paying the fee for checking it. And I won’t have to waste time deciding what seat to select, which compensates for the fact that the seat the airline will assign me probably will be between two passengers built like NFL linebackers or in an aromatic row immediately in front of the lavatories in a seat that may or may not recline.
I can live with all that. But there’s one other concern: basic economy passengers will be in the last boarding group. Which means not just walking past those smug people in first class or business class. It also means being confronted by previously boarded passengers in the main cabin, glaring in a silent warning not to even think of taking the empty seat next to them.
AND EVEN MORE D.L.: First we’re hacked and then we’re hacked off
All of those concerns were in my mind as I searched for a flight to Charlotte next month. My options were first class for $561, main cabin for $361 or basic economy for $311. I picked main cabin.
Sure, it was $50 more. But at least I'll get to look down on somebody.