I like the idea of Low Cost Carriers (LCCs). Low airfares for no-frills haulage of persons who don´t mind choosing whether they pay for sustenance and entertainment.
What I hadn´t realized, while on a recent flight on an LCC (my first) was that you get a bouncier ride. An airline staff member sitting next to me explained it to me. Fuel, being expensive, means that the higher the plane has to go to escape turbulence, the more fuel is used. This meant we skipped along on air pockets until our stomachs couldn´t catch up to the rest of us anymore.
THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING
Voice of captain over loudspeaker: "We are going to climb another thousand feet to hopefully get above the turbulence."
Now I don´t mind the good skipper doing such a manoeuvre, however I don´t want to be told about it each time (happened four times on a two hour flight). For one thing I am scared of heights which means fear of flying is something I cope with every time I fly. Being told several times that we are going even higher is like telling a prisoner that she is going to be beaten up even harder than before.
The other reason is that there is no reason to tell us. We have enough information coming at us in this information age. Just do it. We are not going to applaud or congratulate a practice that is done by normal planes as a matter of course and far sooner. Before I left my stomach at 30,000 feet.