Your View: Time for Congress to Reel in Airlines
May 5, 2017
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  • Anyone who has flown enough times can tell you about the airlines mishandling something — baggage, scheduling, delays and now the right to sit safely in the seat you purchased, as evidenced by the recent incident on the United Airlines flight.

    While this incident was particularly horrifying, the most terrifying thing is that it is not the least bit uncommon. When David Dao refused to get out of the seat that he rightfully purchased, he voiced the real frustration and anger felt by over 40,000 passengers nationwide who are bumped off their flights every year.

    The plain and simple truth is that the airlines act this way

    With only four airlines controlling 70 percent of domestic flights in the United States, airlines increasingly have more power and are raking in record profits as customers increasingly have fewer choices.

    And what do the airlines do with this power and profits? They decimate already weary passengers with endless fees for everything under the sun, squeeze every ounce of space from passengers’ seats and now throw them out of their seats if someone more important shows up.

    They also refuse to invest in the dilapidated technical infrastructure that fails and breaks down at least once a month, stranding thousands. So there is a good chance they won’t even get you to your destination in any reasonable amount of time, and you’ll be lucky to even get a refund for the fee you paid for them to send your bag to the other side of the country.

    As if all of this wasn’t bad enough, the airlines want more. They are slowly and slyly pushing back every consumer protection, and they are even lobbying to take over our air traffic control system.

    It’s time to put Congress back in the drivers seat and require more oversight and regulation of the big airlines. When we put the airlines in control, we see what happens over and over.

    Enough is enough.

    Kate Hanni

    Founder of Flyers Rights