US Airways to charge $7 for pillows and blankets

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TEMPE -- If you want a pillow and blanket in coach on US Airways, it's going to cost you $7.

They'll no longer be free for the asking.

As of Feb. 16., passengers will have to fork over $7 for what the Tempe-based airline calls a "Power-Nap Sack."

The kits include a 34-by-60-inch fleece blanket, a neck pillow, eye shades, foam ear plugs and a $10-off coupon for items in the SkyMall catalog. They come in a fleece drawstring bag embroidered with the airline's logo.

Airlines are adding fees on checked luggage and now pillows and blankets to raise more money as they battle a downturn in travel caused by the recession.

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