Airline fees: what would you pay extra for?
Checked baggage, hand luggage, seat selection and inflight meals all used to be included in the price of a plane ticket.
But airlines are increasingly charging for these 'extras' – Ryanair even infamously toyed with the idea of charging passengers to use the toilet on flights.
A recent survey by fly.com has shown that while passengers are prepared to pay extra for certain services, there are others which they feel airlines should include in the ticket cost.
Checked baggage fees rankled the most, with 89 per cent of travellers surveyed believing it was important for airlines to stop charging for hold luggage.
Meals were considered less important, with 40 per cent thinking they should be complimentary.
But it appears passengers are willing to shell out for things that improve comfort and efficiency, both on board and at the airport.
Space proved to be particularly important for fliers – 45 per cent of respondents would pay for extra legroom, 26 would pay to have an empty middle seat next to them and 34 per cent would pay to prevent the seat in front of them from reclining.
A further 36 per cent said they would purchase a fast pass to speed through security, while 35 per cent would be willing to pay for their bags to arrive first at baggage claim.
And while paying for checked baggage might be unpopular, 42 per cent of travellers would pay to have dedicated overhead locker space for their hand luggage.
Warren Chang, vice president and general manager at fly.com, said: “It is important that airlines balance profit against the needs and interests of their passengers."
The issue of reclining seats has proved controversial in the past - a poll last October by the flight search website Skyscanner indicated that nine in 10 plane passengers would like to see reclining seats banned.
The moment the seat in front tips back onto your knees was voted one of the most common causes of mid-flight anger and the vast majority of passengers would rather lose the right to recline than put up with having their table and leg space compromised by someone else, according to the survey.