No more legroom for bankers
Tough times are forcing the former masters of the universe to fly coach. Will the degradation ever end?
October 23, 2008 2:30PM (UTC)
OK, not just
Wal-Mart moms with hungry babies are feeling the pinch of tough times. Naked Capitalism spots a Bloomberg News story reporting that "Merrill Lynch & Co., UBS AG and JPMorgan & Chase Co. are telling senior bankers in Asia to fly coach on short-haul flights and reduce non-essential travel as they step up cost cuts."
Oh, the ignominy. Bankers, in
middle seats, knocking elbows with the hoi polloi. That's gotta hurt.
But don't call the penny-pinching banking overseers irredeemably heartless. UBS instructed employees that the new rules only apply to flights shorter than five hours. So if you need to make a transoceanic hop, you can still be coddled in business class. The global economy might be hurting, but the wheels haven't come completely off the bus.
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