Major airlines meet US president

WASHINGTON, 7 February 2017: CEOs from the major US Airlines will meet with President Trump, Thursday, and are expected to press for air traffic control privatisation and further limitations on foreign air competition.

As profits soar to record levels, passengers face a reduction in flights, smaller seats with less leg-room, and less reliable air travel especially from small and medium-size cities, noted FlyersRights.org.

Being exempt from state consumer protection laws is not enough for the airlines. They seek to block foreign competition from airlines such as Norwegian Air, WOW Airlines, and Emirates. Blocking foreign competition will result in higher prices and fewer choices for consumers.

inside no 12FlyersRights.org president and member of the FAA Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee, Paul Hudson, noted the similarities between the airline industry now and the railroad industry in the 19th century.

“Then, railroads controlled long distance transportation, as well as the courts and government regulators. A new word was coined to describe their abusive treatment of the public: being railroaded. Today, Americans are being ‘airlined’.”

Additionally, the airlines are pushing for privatization of the Air Traffic Control system. The plan for privatisation leaves little room for government oversight over an inherently governmental function, would transfer all government air traffic control to an AMTRAK like entity controlled by the airlines, and grant a long list of demands sought by air controller union including the right to strike.  Such legislation was passed by the House in the last Congress but not acted on by the Senate.

FlyersRights.org is the United States’ largest airline passenger advocacy group and is best known for spearheading the Passenger Bill of Rights.

It is also currently appealing the FAA’s refusal to enact a rulemaking to address the problems of shrinking seat sizes to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

SOURCE FlyersRights.org