Glass sculptural fountain, Vancouver International Airport.
Apparently, it's not enough that American airlines have begun charging extra for assigned seats and all checked baggage, plus an excess baggage fee if any bag is even slightly over the new weight limit. Now US Airways is charging $2 for water. Yes, water. Soda, juice, coffee and tea also will cost two bucks each.
Security restrictions prevent us from bringing our own water - unless we buy a small bottle at quadruple its normal price at the ONE busy kiosk available between airport security and the passenger waiting area. As for any tap water the airline may deem to provide for free, let's hope it's not contaminated. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tests in 169 U.S. passenger planes found water containing fecal coliform bacteria in 17% of them.
Basically, the exhorbitant fees we already pay for airline tickets (thanks to the fuel surcharge and increased taxes) buy us long lines at security, during which we must practically disrobe and walk shoeless on filthy floors - and hours spent in a tiny confined space, without food or water (unless we pay extra). What's next - charging to use the toilet?
US Air - which twice has filed for bankruptcy, despite benefitting from the government's industry-wide bailout - is slapping passengers with every possible surcharge. Yet their executives remain highly-paid. If charging passengers for water is considered sound management, it's no wonder the airline is struggling.