More congressional meddling won’t put more planes in the sky

Source: Orange County Register
by Veronique de Rugy

“Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Alex Padilla, D-Calif., recently asked the Department of Transportation to fine airlines for delays and cancellations and prevent airline consolidation. The widespread delays and cancellations are indeed annoying, but the senators’ demands won’t help any more than Congress’[s] last airline blunder did. Remember the last airline bailouts? During the pandemic, politicians were fooled into handing out billions so that, among other things, airlines could keep their workers and be travel-ready when more passengers started flying again. Airlines got the money, passengers eventually returned, and somehow the airlines still weren’t staffed and prepared. The bailouts didn’t cause the mess we are in, but they didn’t prevent it. … Instead, the senators should pledge never to bail out airlines again. … While they’re all at it, they could work together to lift the requirement that U.S. commercial pilots have 1,500 flight hours before being hired.” (08/04/22)