First they started charging for meals, pillows, and blankets. Now, one airline is taking an extreme step to save fuel by ... removing life vests to lighten the planes:
An official with Air Canada's regional carrier Jazz says the airline is removing life vests from all its planes to save weight and fuel.
Jazz spokeswoman Manon Stuart said Thursday that Transport Canada regulations allow airlines to use flotation devices instead of life vests, provided the planes remain within 50 miles of shore.
Safety cards in the seat pockets of Jazz aircraft now direct passengers to use the seat cushions as flotation devices.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/08/28/airline.vests.ap/index.html - Thanks Tiffany!
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