AA to Charge for Window Shade Operation
Earlier today, American Airlines announced the introduction of a fee for operating window shades on domestic flights. Starting April 20, most passengers will be required to pay $2.50 to have the option of raising or lowering the window shade. While passengers have complained about similar fees in the past, American notes that it is at least simplifying the fee payment process this time, having invested over $1,250,000 to install credit card readers next to the window shades on its fleet. Executives have expressed confidence that smart investments of this sort will help quickly pull the airline out of bankruptcy. A spokeswoman also made clear that window shade operation will remain complimentary in first and business classes, for Platinum and Executive Platinum members, and for all passengers on intercontinental flights.