<< ...can understand companies like Sunjet and Southwest using this type of marketing medium (let's face it these carriers are buses in the sky). But, when it comes to "classy" carriers, I hope they can see that this concept crosses the line.>>
Disagree and agree. Every domestic US flight is like a bus. Period. NOt just Southwest and Sunjet. Also, IMHO, the more likely candidates to go for this might just be those other "classy" airlines.
In the past 9 months, the "classy" airlines have raised fares three times, blaming increased fuel costs. Southwest has only raised them once, and even then it wasn't nearly as high as the other guys. So, IMHO, those "classy" carriers may see this as a way to recoup those fuel costs without passing on yet another fare increase.
Take any airline flight of 2 hours or less and you'll get a delicious meal of...peanuts. People are already up in arms about paying so much for gasoline, they've watched airfares rise because of oil, and you would have to wonder how many more fare increases they are willing to take and recieve the same level of "service" provided by Southwest. Southwest makes more money per flight than the other guys...so it seems to me that those other guys might just see this as a great way to reduce their CSM's.