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American Eagle to Test Soda Sales

Let the nickel and diming begin:  American Eagle, American Airlines’ regional affiliate, will begin charging $1 for sodas on flights out of Los Angeles.  The move is a test to see whether people will pay $1 for a soda (duh).  Sure, Ryanair can get away with this—after all, they’re offering a million free seats right now, but American Eagle isn’t a lowfare carrier.  And this is where things are getting mixed up.  As airlines are now charging for curbside check-in, pillows, soda, nuts, pretzels and whathaveyou, you’ll see free TV on Song.  It’s a crazy world out there.

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