Airline to offer free non-alcoholic beverages again

US Airways reverses soda policy
February 23, 2009 2:40:54 PM PST
US Airways has changed its mind and won't charge for beverages.The airline says it will go back to offering free non-alcoholic drinks on all of its flights starting March 1.

US Airways became the first and only major carrier to charge up to $2 for pop, juice, bottled water and coffee last August.

The airline will continue charging for other a la carte items, such as checking bags, choice seats in coach, blankets and pillows.

In a memo to employees, Chief Executive Doug Parker says the free drink service will resume in March. The airline was planning to announce the change Monday.

Other airlines have instituted new fees for things like checked bags and pillows. But US Airways was the only carrier to charge for non-alcoholic beverages.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.