“Unfortunately, the furlough fix robbed Peter (airport maintenance and improvement accounts) to pay Paul (air traffic controllers),” he said.
No comprehensive resolution is in sight to the other aspects of the long-running federal budget dispute. Expect other sequestration cuts to continue into FY 2014.
Unless blocked this proposal could end the era of transparent airline ticket pricing and make consumer ability to compare ticket prices on websites a thing of the past.
A new entity known as the Passenger Distribution Management Group would quote all airfares, instead of individual airlines, and require consumers to provide personal information before fares are quoted that “includes but is not limited to” the customer’s name, age, marital status, nationality, contact details, frequent flyer numbers (on all carriers), prior shopping, purchase and travel history and whether the purpose of the trip is business or leisure.
Paul Hudson, President of FlyersRights.org noted, “This outrageous plan is akin to consumers in a drug store having their wallets and bodies scanned in the checkout line to determine how wealthy and sick they are before being told how much their medicine will cost. In the age of super computers, corporate entities can, without government regulation, demolish fixed pricing and make many essential consumer transactions a one sided, customized take it or leave it proposition where the consumer is at a complete disadvantage. The required consumer information would also be another assault on personal privacy, subject to all sorts of abuse.”
FlyersRights.org is calling on the U.S. Departments of Justice and Transportation to block this anti-consumer and anti-competitive pricing scheme by airlines, who are acting collectively under the supposed cover of their trade association.
NTSB press conference photo of burned battery from JAL 787
The FAA on April 19th approved Boeing’s band-aid fix to its fire prone lithium ion batteries so the 787 may fly again soon. However, the FAA is reviewing its certification allowing it to fly up to 3 hours from the nearest airport. Some outside experts still question the 787’s safety to fly without a much safer battery pack.
FlyersRights also strongly recommends a public comment period with a public hearing that includes outside experts (not just government and Boeing experts) before certifying the maximum range for the troubled twin-engine jetliner.
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Paul Hudson, President
|Kate Hanni, Founding Member|