a disgraced former Speaker – legislation cannot be voted on unless a
majority of the majority approve
Senate, as explained to me by former Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole,
unanimous consent is required for most votes. Any one senator can place an
indefinite and anonymous hold on legislation and the mere threat of a
filibuster normally stops the Senate cold.
thwart majority rule and popular will in a way never imagined by the Founding
Fathers and not supported by anything in the Constitution.
They enable partisan factions, or even a single member of Congress, to block
legislation and even shut down the government. When approval of a governing
legislature sinks to single digits in other countries it often leads to
revolution or a coup.
Short of that, or a state-called constitutional convention, both parties and
both presidential candidates should make restoration of majority rule in
Congress a cornerstone of reform for 2017.
practical, popular and needed legislation is continually smashed, needed
compromises cannot happen and American government will continue as by and for entrenched
miss a chance to take advantage of the Brexit-devalued Pound Sterling, so
it”ll be touring the UK until mid-August, and experiencing several flights as
a refresher of passenger rights abuses, albeit, nothing like in the
US. Until then, we’ll be bringing you some Timeless Greatest Hits from
older editions. Stay tuned…
Will the Earth still turn if we all stayed
home and didn’t fly? That’s one of the many many suggestions you’ve
proposed to FlyersRights. The letters-to-the-editor we receive show a
deep well of anger among air travelers.
So, in this newsletter we highlight some of
the gems you’ve sent in:
– Let’s make a statement to the airlines, just
to get their attention, and pick a day or week where we’ll agree not to fly
– After 15 minutes, an airline would be
penalized $10 for every minute a passenger stood in line at check in.
– If anyone on board a flight finds that
another passenger paid less for a ticket, everyone who paid more will get a
– No plane would leave the gate and taxi to
the runway until it was cleared for flight, saving the airline gas and the
– The overhead compartment would be for the
exclusive use of the passengers sitting underneath it. No one else could put
anything in it without written permission.
– Every plane would have an aisle wide enough
to permit a passenger to maneuver past a drink cart to the
– Prohibit irritating announcements.
For example, no crew member would be allowed to thank everyone for their
patience after a two hour delay, when passengers aren’t patient, but mad as
– Passengers would get to judge the In-Flight
Entertainment as ‘Good’, ‘Acceptable’, ‘Poor’ or ‘Nonworking.’ If the vote
averaged less than ‘Acceptable,’ then the airline would provide free
in-flight WiFi to affected passengers for a year.
– If your baggage went to the wrong city, the
passenger would be entitled to a free flight to that city after he got his
– The flight schedules would be based on the
average time it took to get from one city to another, from the moment the
aircraft door was closed to the moment it was opened at its destination.
– If an airline faked a repair problem and cancelled a lightly booked flight
– There will be a cash inconvenience refund of
$10 per passenger when the plane being boarded is at the gate farthest from
the terminal, which is almost always.
– Banish announcements saying, ‘If there is anything flight attendants can do
for you to make your flight more comfortable, please don’t hesitate to ask.’
We know flight attendants have their hands full and are far too busy to help
– There will be a $10 cash refund for each passenger for every minute the
– The price of a ticket will not be arbitrary but based on the distance
between the two cities spanned by the flight.
– Airlines that raise fares when the price of
fuel goes up must lower them when the price of fuel declines.
– When there are more than 10 persons in any line at a check in counter, the
– No passenger will wait more than 15 minutes
to have his or her baggage delivered at the luggage carousel after landing.
– We put a man on the moon. We built the
pyramids. We discovered and mapped DNA. But we can’t figure out how to hire
personable, well-motivated TSA staff given their obscene budget, and make
security check-in a pleasant and efficient experience?
In summary, it’s death
by a thousand cuts that makes flying such an awful experience. So let’s
channel this negative energy into motivation and power.
We’re sick and tired
and not going to take it anymore!