Forty Years Ago We Deregulated the Airlines.  Now We Pay The Price

Forty Years Ago We Deregulated the Airlines. Now We Pay The Price

We should remember that it was liberals, not conservatives who deregulated the airlines.  The theory was that deregulation would unleash vigorous competition, better service, more airlines and lower prices.  None of that occurred.  Instead we now have fewer airlines controlling our airports and skies than we had under regulation.  And things are getting worse.  At AlteNet Kali Holloway offers 10 ways in which the increasingly monopolized airlines are extorting money from us. As she notes, “The industry figured out that if it only made flying a nightmarish experience for the average traveler – one in which things like food and comfort come a la carte and at additional cost – customers would pay extra for even the most basic services.”

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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and currently ILSR's distinguished fellow. His five non-fiction books range from an analysis of Chilean development to the future of electric power to the transformation of cities and neighborhoods.  For 14 years he was a regular columnist for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. His essays on public policy have appeared in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, Washington PostSalonAlternetCommon Dreams, and the Huffington Post.