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April 21, 2008 – Comments (8) | RELATED TICKERS: AAMRQ.DL , CAL.DL2 , DAL


'Afternoon all,

Perhaps I'm ranting but I think airlines are losing out on big wads of cash by failing to think creatively about what they sell. Do you agree? What other services would you pay for during a transcontinental flight? 

 Thanks for responding and Foolish best,

 Tim (TMFMileHigh)

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#1) On April 21, 2008 at 6:04 PM, jahbu (80.10) wrote:


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#2) On April 21, 2008 at 6:19 PM, motleyanimal (35.65) wrote:

I miss that cardboard flavored microwave pizza they used to serve, although I could have used a few extra ketchup packets.

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#3) On April 21, 2008 at 7:45 PM, TMFSarahGen (97.95) wrote:

Oh how I wish you were an airline I'm about to fly tomorrow.. long flight coming...

Alaska Airlines is really smart about renting out those Digeplayers - that's $10, and kind of a minimum entertainment wise.

Drinks - if I don't drag on board a big bottle of water, and I'm not in first I'm stuck with a little plastic cup of water.  I'm thirsty.  I'll pay you $1 or more for a big bottle of water.

Special pillows - ok, so don't give us those drool infested pillows.  But how about selling us (encased in plastic of course) those neck pillows you can really sleep with?  Again, you could buy it in the airport, but you don't really realize how much you would pay for one until you're stuck on board.

On board survival kit - basically the kind of package they give you free on overseas flights:  eye cover, ear plugs, a little moisturizer, tiny floss, toothbrush and teeny toothpaste, mouthwash, comb (these things are in my bag, but I don't want to dig them out)  I'd easily give $5 for the convenience.

Real food.

Would also pay $$ to have person in front of me not lean back into me, especially if I'm working on my laptop. 

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#4) On April 21, 2008 at 8:10 PM, chk999 (99.96) wrote:

Network access from my seat. I'd pay $15 to be able to get to the internet so I could get some work done while in flight.

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#5) On April 21, 2008 at 9:39 PM, Hezakiah (50.87) wrote:

I would pay upwards of $50 for a tranquilizer gun and permission to shoot any crying babies.  There are always two or three on my flights... and they always sit within a few rows of me.

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#6) On April 22, 2008 at 3:05 AM, kristm (99.62) wrote:

Seat back satellite TV. Oh, JetBlue has that already? For free? Score! Also might pay a dollar or two for my cell phone to work from the plane, but I understand why it can't..

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#7) On April 22, 2008 at 11:00 AM, charlesblazer (30.62) wrote:

A restaurant with a bar.  An in-flight blackjack or poker tournament, with faux money.  Or an in-flight bridge tournament.  A sauna and shower.  Masseuse.  Reversible seats, so groups can sit facing each other (like a train).  Bunk beds.

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#8) On April 22, 2008 at 3:21 PM, jmt587 (99.30) wrote:

Pinball!  Turbulence might reduce the need for tilting, and would, at the very least, bring a new dimension to the game.  Pinball games could be made specifically for airplanes, where you could only hit it in certin raised holes or at certain raised targets with some perfectly timed shots just as the plane took a stomach-churning drop.

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