The way it was explained to us was to "sell" them the headset for 2 bucks, no more "renting" them. At the end of the flight they can take them, if they leave them behind we toss them out. They say they will save a lot of money by no longer having to clean and repackage them.
Even though I fly #1 all the time and make the required announcement about charging you for using your own headset I always told passengers who wanted to buy a set to use their own and save the $5. I think the 2 dollar charge sucks also, because it is going to be harder to make change for $2 than $5.
I don't know if many of you know it but at my airline we have what is called audit flights, that's where they sit 3 "auditors" throughout the cabin who watch every move you make, document all the money you take from what passenger, if your count is off by a dollar with what the auditors come up with you are removed from service pending an investigation which isn't pretty.
While this is off topic, I am on a roll, we also have "ghost rides", these are where a manager from another base rides as a revenue passenger and documents EVERYTHING that happens on board, from boarding to deplaning. On one of mine I received a negative comment for handing out cans of soda on a half full flight, and this was prior to SEPT 11th, they have gotten stricter on this since to the extent of putting so few beverages on anymore that we can't hand out cans or there won't be enough by the time we get to the back. The comping of liquor is "discouraged" to the extent that you had better have a good reason for giving anything away and with the new rules they are coming out with I see comps going away soon for any reason.
I sent an e-mail to HQ a few weeks ago, I read that the CEO had said we won't be WalMarting our airline, well guess what, it may not be Walmart yet but we are definitely K-Mart and sinking fast. On a 12:40am flight out of LAS on a full 757 we had 26 blankets for coach (we counted them), I called fleet service and they said they weren't getting blankets and pillows anymore like they used to and didn't have any. I listed a page and a half of bullet points of things that are making our jobs more stressful due to the cuts that the passengers see.
Sorry for the long rant but it is frustrating not just for the passengers but all the employees because as the saying goes Sh*t rolls down hill: the pax bitches at me about missing items, I bitch at the agent, she bitches at the crew chief and he bitches at the clerks. The only one I know for sure who would get on a flight with all the bells and whistles is our CEO.