US Airways has, in fact, announced they will begin charging $2 for soft drinks, starting August 1st. No doubt other carriers will soon follow suit. I'll need to write my Senators and Congressman and urge that they eliminate the hyper-paranoid ban on bringing liquids when traveling by air. I do bring an empty water bottle with me and fill it inside the secure area, but if I wanted to be able to bring orange juice instead, I should be able to -- whether I have a child with me or not.
US Airways will also begin charging $25 or $50 fees for redeeming miles for free award travel. I better start burning some miles.