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Are Cheap Airlines All That Bad?
Michalis 'BIG Mike' Kotzakolios

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Are Cheap Airlines All That Bad?
Cheap airlines get a bad rap from quite a few people. However, the fact is that these discounted alternatives to some of the name brand airlines may surprise you with what they have to offer. Here are some things about cheap airlines that you should know.

First, it is important to establish that the cheap part of cheap airlines has to do with the price tag only. Cheap airlines do not scrimp when it comes to the essentials of providing a reliable service. The pilots all meet national safety standards, just as the pilots for better-known airlines have to meet. The flight attendants who work for cheap airlines are just as well trained as those on any major airline. In fact, you may find them to be a little more sensitive to customer care, since they know that happy passengers translate into good word of mouth, and that means more customers in the months and years to come.

Second, the seating on cheap airlines is likely to be comparable to what is found on any business class flight. The same is true with overhead storage and with available legroom. In short, if you are a tall or big person who has trouble being comfortable in business class, you are likely to also have the same level of discomfort when flying cheap airlines. However, an average sized person will find the seats and the legroom to be acceptable and conducive to a good trip.

Some cheap airlines may actually do a better job when it comes to beverages and snacks. Generally, there is at least a good a selection of soft drinks as with the larger airlines, and many of the smaller cheap airlines still leave the whole can with the passenger, instead of trying to stretch the contents to accommodate two or three passengers. Generally, cheap airlines distinguish themselves by offering snack packages that are slightly larger and may include peanuts when many other airlines have gone to pretzels.

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