US Airways to charge for drinks

From Times Wire Services

US Airways Group Inc. will become the first major U.S. airline to charge for coffee and sodas beginning today. But passengers may still get beverages for free.

The Assn. of Flight Attendants-CWA is objecting to collecting the $1 and $2 fees for nonalcoholic drinks, which US Airways is imposing to counter record fuel costs. Should travelers balk, they probably won’t have to pay, the union said.

The drinks policy is among other new fees that the Tempe, Ariz.-based carrier said would produce $500 million in annual revenue.