Airlines have found yet another ‘optional extra’ to charge passengers for, but this one actually sounds like a smart deal — especially for business travellers.
Domestic US airline JetBlue’s “Even More Speed” option lets you buy your way into the premium fast-track security lines at over a dozen US airports.
It’s currently offered as part of JetBlue’s “Even More Space” bundle, which includes extra legroom at the front of the plane and exit row seats, early boarding — and, most importantly for the carry-on luggage obsessed USA, first shot at the overhead bins for your ridiculously large wheeled suitcase. (JetBlue is one of the few US airlines that still lets you check your first piece of hold baggage for free.)
The package costs $10 for a short flight to $100 for the longest JetBlue flight, but indications are that the airline will offer “Even More Speed” on its own — for Even More Fees, no doubt.
There’s no reason why Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar shouldn’t offer a similar perk as a cost-extra.
Virgin Australia passengers already get fast-track security at the curbside Sydney lounge if they’re very frequent flyers, members of the lounge access program, or willing to fork out $65 for a single pass access.
So how much extra would you pay just for the fast-track security on its own?
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