Flying horror stories: ‘There was duct tape on the emergency exit’

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Here are some of the things that used to be free: checked luggage, snacks, hot meals, blankets, pillows, and leg room. So why all the costs? Because flying carries with it a huge number of costs (fuel, aircraft, staff, maintenance). Fifty years ago, air travel was only for the wealthy, but today we want (and expect) to travel cheaply. Today’s “To the Point” looked at whether an industry with enormous costs and competition can survive even as more costs are passed along to the travelers themselves. For story research and inspiration we reached out to public radio listeners to get their horror stories.

Here’s some of what we heard: