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Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

Perhaps you, like me, are becoming increasingly disenchanted with airlines.

Perhaps you, like me, are beginning to suspect that they're not run by sentient humans anymore, but by robotic creations that even Silicon Valley rejected for being too cold and calculating.

Airlines' constant nickel-and-diming seems to have a captor's laughter attached to it.

It's as if you're strapped to a hard-seated chair, as a mean being sniggers and tells you all the nasty things he can do to you if you don't cooperate.

Check out this millionaire family that flies all around the world and documents it:

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Some have been asking if our drone is difficult to travel with..Not at all! You can see @garrettgee wearing the drone backpack in this pic. Super easy for day adventures and Garrett just takes it as one of his carry-ons when we fly.. πŸ’™β˜ΊοΈπŸ’™ ..and the @3drobotics backpack is included in our drone giveaway!! /// #family #bucketlist #adventure #lds #mormon #travel #vlog /// @beautifuldestinations @mormonchannel @passionpassport @dronesetc @travelingtheworldd @gopro @travelandleisure

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β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’š..from our small family to yours!! QUESTION : We're making plans for a big future giveaway and service project. If you and your family could visit any of the countries or resorts or destinations we have traveled to, which would you pick and why?? Please tell us some of your favorites!! β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’š /// #family #adventure #bucketlist #anguilla #mormon #lds #travel /// @beautifuldestinations @anguilla_tourism @visitcuisinart @mormonchannel @lesleyannemurphy @passionpassport @settie4444 @garrettgee @travelandleisure

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Family hugs in St Kitts.. β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’š ..this week we are catching up on our videos. @garrettgee and his little assistant, @dorothyseven just posted a video about all our camera gear and tech stuff we travel with and what website we use to safely backup all our cherished photos FOR FREE!! It's a little different from our other videos. More informative and less dancing which is usually a bad thing but we hope you still like it a little bit anyways.. πŸ˜‰βœŒπŸΌοΈβ˜ΊοΈ Happy Travels!! /// #family #adventures #stkitts #freshfromthefarm #travel #vlog #familyhug /// @bellemontfarm @stkittstourism @beautifuldestinations @chatbooks @dametraveler @wonderful_places @travelandleisure

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Grateful to show our little kids so much of this great big world 🌏🌍🌎 /// 2 new videos today!! The first is our family video update from Bali (link to watch in profile) ..The other video is a special Valentine to @dorothyseven from @garrettgee (posted to Garrett's Facebook) Hope you had a special day full of family friends and love!! /// #family #adventure #ubud #bali #indonesia #travel #vlog #tegenungan #bucketlist /// @thebalibible @beautifuldestinations @explorebali @travelandleisure @balidaily @balibody @indtravel @forbestravelguide @garrettgee

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Family yard work in Thailand πŸ˜‰πŸ’šβ˜ΊοΈ We just posted a new video to our YouTube channel : The Thailand Lantern Festival!! ✨ Link to watch in our profile πŸ“Ί /// #family #adventure #thai #chiangmai #thailand #ricefield #vlog #familyvlog #travelvlog /// @townandcountrytravel @settie4444 @beautifulhotels @beautifuldestinations @garrettgee @dharadhevichiangmai pc : @3leggedthing

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Hello from Phi Phi, Thailand!! πŸ’š Here's a few updates from the family : @garrettgee got stung by a jellyfish..ON HIS FACE!! (Side note : he would not let me treat it πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰) .. @dorothyseven made some new friends from Japan and from Hong Kong. @manillagee loves karaoke bars🎀. And we had dinner with a vagabond girl from Netherlands. She was sitting solo so we invited her to join us. She had never traveled before and then one day decided to leave home for a 4 month journey across South East Asia!! So crazy. So cool. We'll have more updates in our Sunday video update on YouTube ☺️✌🏼️☺️ /// #family #adventure #krabi #thailand #phiphiisland #weekend #travel /// @peacelagunaresort @aboutthailand @heymamaco @travelinthailand @thailandtextbook @settie4444

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Family hike to the Blue Pools of New Zealand πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™ It's a beautiful and super kid friendly hike with gorgeous forests, tall bridges, and of course, crystal blue waters!! "The blue colour is a result of light refraction on the clear snow-fed icy glacier water." /// Video of our New Zealand adventures up on YouTube πŸ“ΊπŸŽ₯🎬 Link to WATCH in profile /// #bluepools #nzmustdo #family #newzealand #adventure @beautifuldestinations @garrettgee @jeremyjauncey πŸ“· @breehawaiii

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We fell in love with Tonga. The water is clear, the whales are magnificent, but most of all the people are just so warm and welcoming πŸŒ΄πŸ‹β˜€οΈ THANK YOU so much for having us Tonga. Next stop : NEW ZEALAND!! Any suggestions for us? We're going for about 1 month to see both the North and South Island! /// πŸŽ₯πŸ“ΊπŸŽ¬ NEW Sunday video update is up on our YouTube channel!! LINK IN PROFILE /// #tonga #vavau #family #adventure #travel #faith #sunday

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It's not enough, it seems, for airlines to charge you extra for sitting next to your own children.

They've now found a new scheme to make your cranium explode with fury.

As Time magazine reports, wise entities such as British Airways, American Airlines, and their so-called alliance have just instituted a new baggage fee.

You thought it wasn't possible for baggage fees to get any more gouge-y?

Please imagine then, that these fine entities will now charge you not one checked baggage fee, but an extra checked baggage fee if you're connecting to another flight.

Hey, I slapped you once and it was fun. Surely it'll be more fun if I slap you twice, no?

To make this new charge even more joyous, some carriers are even forcing passengers to collect their bags first, then check-in again for their connecting flight so that they can be charged the new baggage fee in person.

British Airways' slogan is "To Fly, To Serve." American Airlines' slogan is "Going for Great."

Some might conclude that their involvement in such a baggage fee heist means they should combine their slogans: "Going to Serve Ourselves to Great Profits."

You will be (marginally) relieved that this second baggage charge doesn't apply if you book both your flights on the same ticket.

But if you happen to find a cheaper fare on a separate ticket, then into the stocks you go for an additional flogging.

It's not even as if these airlines are the first to enjoy this ruse. Star Alliance has employed it since last year.

A One World spokesman told Time that the extra fees are needed because separate bookings for connecting flights cause problems in baggage delivery and transfers.

American also says it will levy just one charge for in-alliance passengers, but not for those on those outside the alliance.

But you thought that now that everything is digitized, services should become cheaper, not more expensive.

Why is it that one imagines that baggage delivery and transfers cause slightly fewer problems than they elicit opportunities for, Hey, we can make some more money here?

What these airlines seem not to realize--you're going to tell me they don't care much, aren't you?--is that this constant nibbling for an extra dollar sours their brands.

The small gestures that used to define excellent service, the ones that encourage repeat business? Why bother?

Of course, the worst part of all this is that passengers have now come to see these grubby fees as the norm. What's one more?

It's like the reluctant acceptance that execrable wine from your hotel mini-bar will always cost a Chateauneuf-du-Pape price.

They do it because they can. We accept it because we think we have no other choice.

It's rare for a business to give passengers less and charge them ever more, just because it thinks they're captive.

When there isn't enough competition, all airlines seem to bathe in the glory of ever rising profits.

Last year, airlines made $26 billion profit (after taxes, that is). That's up from $2.3 billion in 2010.

Guess how much they made out of baggage fees in 2015? $3.8 billion.

It's just not enough, is it?

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