You know how you really hate the process of boarding a commercial airliner? You gotta stand in line while airline staff sorts the haves from the have nots: "If you're a double-triple-gold-platinum-silver-and-ruby member please cut to the front of the line!"
15 minutes later you stand toe-to-toe in the aisle of the plane. You're in a traffic jam while Joe Six Pack attempts to stuff a full sized Samsonite into the overhead bin... Well, guess what? The airlines want you to board faster!
Airlines are used to negative press; seems to roll off their backs like water on a duck. But surely a couple of them are cringing this week in Chicago...
The Chicago Tribune reports, "The two biggest airlines at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport route their jet fuel purchases through an outlying Illinois town, shaving millions of dollars off their tax bills but raising the hackles of Chicago officials."
As a whole, American journalism has a huge bias against the airline industry. Think about it. Remember the last story you saw or read about airline fees? Was the airline side of the story told? Almost certainly not. From the media perspective airlines wear a black hat and passengers wear a white hat. So it was a big surprise today to read a story told from the airlines' point-of-view...
The growing nuclear crisis in Japan is getting lots of attention today from airlines providing service to, and near, Japan.
Sometimes you read something that really puts things in perspective. That's the case with a story this week coming from the Associated Press:
"The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics said U.S. airlines with scheduled service paid an average of $2.22 per gallon in August. That compares with an average price of $2.21 in July, and $2.02 in August of 2009....A decade ago, airlines paid an average of 80 cents per gallon."