Airline Deregulation #Fail

We have all been suitably horrified by the #United Airlines video of the customer who was knocked unconscious and had his teeth broken.

Did you ever ask yourself how one earth this could have ever happened?  The horror of the United Airlines video was brought to you by an unholy trinity: 1) Deregulation; 2) Massive consolidation; and 3) disregard for consumer rights. These have created an environment where there is effectively little or no competition – its now an Oligopoly.

The deregulators’ remorse was seen when the Justice Deptsued to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways. It was an admission that federal antitrust policy involving airlines had been a massive #FAIL.

This was but part of a long series of deregulatory disasters sold to the American public as increasing competition, improving services, and lowering costs. Instead, it allowed consolidation, and an oligopoly to form — the met results have been higher fees, less competition, and markedly worse service.

Note that this is not a one off, but a look at one possible grim future if the Supreme Court keeps favoring corporations over citizens




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Source: CNN Money (hat tip Ron Knox)


See also:

United’s Fiasco and the Cult of Low Prices

United Airlines Spent Millions Fighting Proposals To Protect Passenger Rights

United passenger threatened with handcuffs to make room for ‘higher-priority’ traveler

Why United Airlines fiasco resonated with so many

How Technology Has Failed to Improve Your Airline Experience

How Airline Ticket Prices Fell 50% in 30 Years (and Why Nobody Noticed) 1

JetBlue founder says United Airlines controversy could’ve been avoided

The Controversial United Airlines Flight Was Not Overbooked And Why That Matters







1. Today, airline fees have grown into a $6 billion side-pot — quadrupling in just the last five years. There are now fees for bags, WiFi, food, headsets, unaccompanied minors, the emergency row, and practically everything that cannot be simply described as “one adult sitting with a back-pack in one middle seat.

Note also: The number of air passengers tripled between the 1970s and 2011

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