Regulation Reform Is Needed.
This past Saturday, I was sitting in the Portland airport killing time by skimming through a newspaper. One of the stories reported that American Airlines was reducing the “pitch” by two inches between rows of seats on a large order of new Boeing jets being delivered over the next several months.
Two inches doesn’t sound like a lot, but “pitch” is airline lingo for the distance from the back of your seat to the back of my seat. Two inches is significant . . . especially if, like me, you happen to live a minimum of five hours by jet from anywhere. That’s a long time to be without those two inches. And what if, God forbid, a planeload of us sardines should ever have to evacuate one of these cramped aluminum tubes.
How can they get away with that, you ask? Well, Congress has taken a lot of the regulatory responsibility away from the Federal Aviation Agency and today nobody seems ready to tell an airline they can’t do something.
I’m certainly aware that government regulations can be onerous, but it’s time to go back to the days when campaign contributions were limited and we knew who made them. That’s just basic . . . isn’t it? Isn’t it??
What don’t you see in this photo? You don’t see smiles! No one is happy. Domestic airline travel is a terrible ordeal and I’ve refused to fly since 2013. I love aviation, I have a pilot’s license! But no way are you getting me on some cramped tube for hours, after first getting unconstitutionally searched by the TSA goons. If I can’t drive or take Amtrak, I don’t go.
I think with negative news stories coming out nearly every day maybe the best course of action is to just let the airlines kill themselves since “profit” appears to be their main concern.