By Dan Reed, USA TODAYNow that air travelers are warming to the idea of paying extra for service amenities, American Airlines is going to ask them to pay to stay warm in the air.
Beginning May 1, coach passengers on American's domestic flights that last more than two hours, as well as those on flights to Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, will have to pay $8 for a blanket and inflatable neck pillow. The airline will throw in a $10 off coupon for purchases of more than $30 at Bed Bath & Beyond stores.
On domestic flights of less than two hours, coach passengers won't have access to blankets at all. Premium-class passengers on all American flights and coach passengers on longer international flights will continue to get free blankets and pillows.
American says the fee is largely a bottom-line decision.
"Everything we do is evaluated in terms of what's best economically for the company while still providing services customers want," says American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely.