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Come fly with me

Published 19/11/2011 | 05:00

Back in 1971,
Pan American
Airways and
other airlines had
no ‘hidden’ extra
charges. Photo: GETTY IMAGE
Back in 1971, Pan American Airways and other airlines had no ‘hidden’ extra charges. Photo: GETTY IMAGE

•Spare a thought for Michael Fairway, chief executive of Fairway's budget airlines. Arriving in a hotel in Dublin, he went to the bar and asked for a pint of draught Guinness. The barman nodded and said: "That will be €1 please, Mr Fairway."

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Somewhat taken aback, Mr Fairway replied, "That's very cheap," and handed over his money. "Well, we try to stay ahead of the competition," said the barman. "And we are serving free pints every Wednesday from 6pm until 8pm. We have the cheapest beer in Ireland." "That is remarkable value," Mr Fairway commented.

"I see you don't seem to have a glass, so you'll probably need one of ours. That will be €3 please," said the barman. Mr Fairway scowled, but paid up. He took his drink and walked towards a seat. "Ah, you want to sit down?" said the barman. "That'll be an extra €2. You could have pre-booked the seat, and it would have only cost you €1. I think you may be too big for the seat sir. Can I ask you to sit in this frame please," added the barman.

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