Chuck Cohen, a writer for the Christian Science Monitor, makes fun of the airlines’ often ridiculous restrictions on deeply discounted airfares in this humorous article, appearing on December 1, 2006:
Backstory: The Not-so-Fine Print on Those Discounted Airfares
A fictional $99 fare to Paris comes with some, ahem, unexpected restrictions.
Great $99 roundtrip airfares from Chicago to Paris! (Some restrictions apply.)
* All seats are shared.
** Travel must begin on a Tuesday and end on a Wednesday, unless it is a nonleap year, in which case it must begin on the flight captain’s birthday and end on his wedding anniversary, unless the captain is not married, in which case travel must wait until a full moon or Pamela Anderson starts dating Bill Moyers … again.
*** Fare will be paid in drachmas obtained at the current rate of conversion or the rate determined by a panel of economists chosen by the airline who are familiar with the Greek monetary system, and who are resentful of Bill Moyers dating Pamela Anderson and have vowed to take it out on any passenger flying from Chicago to Paris for $99.
**** One free bathroom visit per flight.
Story continued at The Christian Science Monitor.