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I have nothing against the airlines maing a profit. Without it there would be no airlines. But, I traveled a lot back when it was actually fun. Now I won't fly unless it's an absolute necessity. The airlines can take a flying leap as far as I 'm concerned and they can take TSA with them.
I must be missing something here. The article says the price of the tickets doesn't cover the fuel, labor or maintenance costs. So, if passengers aren't helping pay for those costs, exactly what are they helping pay for in those ticket prices? If they aren't helping with the labor force which would include everyone who works for the airlines, keeping those planes stay in good shape ,nor pay for the fuel to keep them up in the sky, does that mean they are paying for the purchasing price of the planes and insurance? Sounds like something is off in the article. Why is it we hear about the airlines stating they have to raise ticket prices to off set fuel costs then? Like so many other things in society costs are rising, but with some preplanning one can avoid most of these charges. I used to be required to travel on various airlines for an extended period of time. I quickly learned to bring items from home to meet my own needs. Thereby avoiding extra fees.. In addition there is a difference between wants and needs. Compared to the crowded, rudimentary and often dangerous conditions so many others in the world experience while traveling, we really have it quite well off flying when all is said and done. However, the airlines should still be on the hook for one luggage and one carryon in the price of a ticket.
For those concerned with the well being of the Airlines, remind me are these the same airlines that after 911 because people didn't want to fly they cried and cried about going broke and we (the US citizens) had to save them with huge bailouts, am I remembering that correctly?
I don't see the airlines building and maintaining airports or the airlines paying for all those TSA agents that are "needed" to protect private industry.
"The fares the airlines charge don't cover the costs of fuel, labor and maintenance, notes Lott"
So charge fares that do cover these things and eliminate the fees. Congress needs to abolish all of these fees, not just for the airlines, but for all businesses. The stated price should be the actual price the customer pays, including all costs and taxes.
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