The Long Descent: Air Canada’s Jazz Jettisons Life Vests to Save Fuel
Travel Blog • Eva Holland • 08.27.08 | 10:07 AM ET
I’ve said it before, but here it goes again: Airline news items these days are becoming positively Onion-esque, and this one’s no exception. Air Canada subsidiary Jazz has removed the life vests from its fleet to help shed a few pounds, the CBC reports. The floating seat cushions will remain; apparently, only one of the two devices is required on flights that remain within 50 nautical miles of the mainland.
I understand the need to cut costs, but this comes absurdly close to our worst-case scenario. At the very least, couldn’t they have kept the life vests, and made them available for all those passengers willing to pay an ‘Emergency Landing Over Water’ fee?