Citing the successful 5 1/2 hour flight yesterday of a 16 year-old stowaway in the wheel-well of a Boeing 767, Hawaiian Airlines has instituted a new cut-rate fare which will have the other airlines scampering to keep up.
Dubbed “5th wheel seating”, the fare is expected to range around an affordable $17.57 (plus taxes). Some of the other perks include: no TSA lines if you scale the barbed-wire security fence near runway 3 (available at most airports), immediate boarding, and no luggage fee or scanning, so homemade bombs would be “no problema.”
If you’re wondering how the airline can possibly make money on such a low fare….read the fine print. Here are just some of the optional extra charges:
1. Oxygen tank and mask to combat permanent brain damage – $150.00
2. Thermal suit to combat the -80 degree Fahrenheit temps – $175.00
3. $5000.00 life dollar insurance policy which covers the 64% chance that you will actually fall out of the plane – $140.00.
It’s not all bad news for those passengers opting out of the extras. The American Medical Association has come up with an offer which would, in effect, waive the ticket price. If you agree to wear various medical devices and probes so they can do medical research and study your vitals during your “Hibernation Death”, they will cover the cost of the flight.
Plans are still in the works to see how the airline can get meals, drinks and in-flight movies down to those passengers who have opted for the extras.
If seats are being made smaller on the plane (for whatever reason), how many folks do you think they can get in that wheel well?
The sky’s the limit. (Sorry, that was a bad one).
Ooppps maybe that should have been torch not touch!! xx
So touching when care for people is put before profit….your investigative journalistic touch leaves no stone unturned Al. 🙂 xx
Yet I never hear from Associated Press about a job…….go figure!
Just flew in from CA. I was so tempted to take advantage of this new low profile, low cost travel option but then they said no cocktails under the cock pit allowed. Well, that means no wheel well for me….need my air travel liquid.
And here I had you for a no-frills type of gal…..sometimes you just don’t know somebody like you think you do.
I think I will walk!
To Hawaii? I always suspected you might be a divine being…..but wow!
Mind over matter or in this case:- Water!
I hit “like” by mistake. I get vertigo and claustrophobia just thinking about this.
This has been tried 109 times since commercial aviation became mainstream. only 25 have survived. Pray tell, what is the attraction?
You never fail to amuse, Al 🙂
I live to serve, Tilly. 🙂
If you can live without the extras, it sounds like a great way to travel, although possibly a bit tiring. If you follow my tread
I agree, Peter. And I never tire of your treads.
Just another example of capitalism working to make air travel more affordable for everyone. Kinda touches the heart.
Yeah, Peg! Just see if you could find this kind of compassion in one of those pinko-commie countries! Yeah!
you are witty, clever,intelligent,outstanding, wise beyond all other humans…can write a good poem BUT…
you are daft!!!!
this was an extremely hilarious, funny, witty and thoroughly enjoyable post but I don’t think I shall take advantage of the airlines new offer…..but some twit did
I love “daft’ Patrecia. It’s so much better than what I have been getting. Bonkers, loony and cuckoo, for example. I will wear it proudly!