Jane and Michael Banks. Remember them? I suppose the movie “Mary Poppins” has fallen into a generation gap somewhere and it’s too bad because as children’s movies go, it was right up there with “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!” Dick Van Dyke was awesome… Anyway, Jane and Michael were dispatched to the bank by their father where they were strictly told to take their newly earned tuppence and to deposit them safely into an account. I brought some extra tuppence home from London a year or so ago, and I keep them on my dresser or in my pocket for good luck, just because of that movie, but I digress…
The movie has a nice life lesson because when Jane and Michael arrive at the bank, you see, they encounter an old woman on the steps who tells them they can feed the birds with a small bag of food that she sells for only “tuppence a bag.” You see their dilemma… honor their father’s wishes and deposit their tuppence, or spend the two cents on a bag of bird food to enjoy their afternoon and to bring a smile to an old woman’s heart. I won’t tell you the end… you’ll have to see the movie!
Well, American Airlines is charging a bit more than tuppence a bag these days. Starting on June 15, they have announced that every checked bag will cost you extra. You’ll pay fifteen dollars for the first bag, twenty five for the second, and so on and on. They say it’s to cut into the three billion (that’s billion, with a “B”) dollar deficit they’ve recently endured due to higher fuel costs. What would Jane’s father and the bank managers say to that? “Bollocks!”
I can hear the song now, “Fly the birds… Tuppence per bag… Tuppence; tuppence; seven-hundred-and-fifty tuppence, per bag!”
I have a hard time believing they’re 3,000,000,000 in the hole due to gas prices, and I have a harder time believing that a $15 fee per bag will bail them out. Northwest tried to make their passengers believe they spent more than three million dollars per year on pretzels (which is, allegedly, why they stopped serving them), when everybody knew the pretzel companies GAVE (ie, “free”) them pretzels in a marketing deal that gave the pretzel companies some free advertising.
What can you do? Simple! You can stop flying on American Airlines, stop checking bags, or just stop carrying anything with you at all! In fact, you could just fly naked to make a point… Just don’t let Mary Poppins see you, you’d be in trouble for sure.