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I was appalled when I read a story last week on NBC News where an airline attempted to charge a family an extra $60 so the parents could sit next to their 5-year old child.

Keep in mind, they booked the flight with all the seats together, but when the airline decided to change the aircraft for a different type with a different seating arrangement, they automatically re-assigned seats, then tried to stick the $60 fee to the family once they realized the change.

It’s garbage tactics like this that are exactly the reason we don’t even consider flying anymore.  I won’t unless I really have to and the prices and fees are so outrageous that many people probably have to look into a web based lender just to afford the tickets!

The last time we flew was in the spring of 2010 when we took a family vacation down to Florida.  Since then, we’ve taken a lot of different vacations and getaways and not once have I considered flying.

I don’t want to pay $50 for luggage, for which there is plenty of space allocated on the plane.

I don’t want to pay $60 so that I can sit next to and take care of my young children.

I don’t want to pay for carry-on luggage.

I don’t want the threat of having to change my flight to cost me $150.

Per seat.

I’m sick of it.

I can’t believe the projections that I see where air travel is projected to double over the next twenty five years or so.  Seriously, who wants to put up with it?

And think of this: All of the changes I listed above are within the last few years.  What do you think they’ll imagine up over the next twenty five?

It’s scary.

I’m just fine with staying in the wonderful state of Michigan to vacation.  I get more bang for my buck.  I can pay for fifteen camping nights as well as all the gas and the maintenance and storage of the camper for what I could get for airline flights to Florida or Mexico for my family.

I can leave when I want and don’t have to pay more if I choose to leave at a different time.

I don’t have to pay for luggage or anything I choose to take with me.

My wife can bring as many books, snacks, videos, or anything else it takes to entertain the kids and we we won’t be charged.

But, do you want to know the best part?  We can all sit where we want and there isn’t anybody that can charge us a nickel.

Forget the airlines.  They think they need to charge us all these ticky tack fees, but the truth is, we don’t need them to have a good vacation.