On 1/3/2003 2:17:55 PM AAG2000 wrote:
The movie theatre works a bit like a airline. reduced rates on weekday afternoons, full charge evenings and weekends, when most people go. They wont let you bring your own food. You must buy there insanely over priced food and drink.
Yes, but at least they're not building it into the cost of the ticket--you only pay for it if you want it. As for them not letting you bring your own food, I don't think that really enters into the equation--I think it's safe to say that those "rules" are routinely broken, to the extent that the percentage of moviegoers who bring their own candy is probably at least as high as the percentage of airline passengers who bring their own food. In any event, food sold at airports is just as overpriced as it is at movie theaters.
My point is, I applaud HP for letting the market decide what it wants: if you want a cheap ticket, you can buy one; if you want a snack, you can pay a little more; if you want a meal, you can pay a little more than that. This is how things work not only at the movies, but everywhere else in our society. Obviously airline operations present unique problems, however, and it's certainly possible that this may not work logistically. But at least someone's trying something new!
It's still made them a laughingstock in the eyes of the flying public. The common opinion of passengers is that if they won't give a stale sandwich at current fares, then maintenance must be at an all time low.
The most common opinion is that if airlines are cutting costs so drastically where it shows, they must be slashing the throat of any cost the passenger can't see. Their usual fear is that maintenance is the victim.
Don't know if it's true, just the way the public feels.
And why they want to stay away from any bankrupt airline.