Get Off Your Flight Faster For a Fee

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  • A new survey found that airline passengers are willing to pay additional fees to get off their planes faster.

    Airfarewatchdog.com, a fare-tracking website, said that 16-percent of passengers are willing to pay extra money to disembark planes quicker. Ten percent of the survey responders said they would pay $10 to be at the front of the line while three-percent said they would pay as much as $20.

    Many coach passengers already pay fees ranging from $9 to $39 to speed up their boarding process.

    "They're willing to pay to board early and sit in those uncomfortable seats, so why wouldn't they pay for the reverse, to get out of those uncomfortable seats?' said George Hobica, Airfarewatchdog's founder. “That would make the whole experience less torturous."

    Passengers who have the opportunity to get off their planes earlier have a better chance of catching connecting flights.

    Commercial airlines have taken strides to improve on-time arrivals. According to the Transportation Department’s Bureau of Transportation, many major U.S. airlines have improved their arrival times this year by 84.5 percent. This is their best performance in 18 years.

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