Airlines charging extra fees

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - With the high cost of jet fuel more airlines are tacking on extra fees. Will the sky rocketing cost of travel leave flying to the birds? To make up for high fuel prices airlines are starting to charge extra fees for luggage, movies, and meals.

Jet Blue announced Monday it will charge a $7 fee for blankets and pillows. And that has travelers wondering when the extra charges will stop.

"I don't like it because sometimes it gets cold in the plane, especially on long flights," said Molokai resident Junior Habon. "We don't have a choice, that's the whole trip about it ya" he said.

"Of course we don't like to be charged extra but what can they do? With the oil prices and what not they have to find the money somewhere," said Mary Galeai an American Samoa resident. "It's possible that you can buy your own pillow and blanket that way you have a choice."

Air Transport Association says taxes make up about 20% of the price of a $300 domestic round-trip ticket.

"What else can they charge? They already charge for food and drinks if they charge for pillows and blankets and bags, what else are they going to charge you for," said Kahului resident Kelly Moore.

"I may not travel as frequently but I will travel I have children that live on the mainland," Galeai said.

"It's just going to get out of control and they won't be able to fly and I think the airlines will do in themselves by doing that," said Moore.

Although it remains to be seen, there are still a few freebies left to charge for like peanuts, coffee, and water.

In April five major U.S. airlines started to charge fees for extra bags.