Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Airlines putting money before your life?

Of course they are. Businesses aren't humans with brains that think. They don't give a crap about you. Nobody does. There are 300 million idiots in this country, all of them have some amount of moneydollars. And guess what, everybody wants some of it. The airlines are required by federal law to meet certain safety standards, but believe me, if it was cheaper to just pay the FAA fines than to actually maintain the aircrafts, they'd do it.

Well, they find ways of skirting around certain responsibilities so that they can make more money.

The last six fatal domestic airline crashes all involved regional airlines. Safety questions rose again last year when Continental Connection flight 3407 - operated by Colgan Air, a subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines - crashed near Buffalo.

Code-sharing is a marketing arrangement in which an airline places its code on a flight operated by another airline, then sells tickets for that flight.

Most airlines participate in some type of code- sharing arrangement. About half of all passengers in the U.S. this year fly on regional airlines, almost all of which are involved in code-sharing arrangements, according to NTSB.

Continental CEO Jeffrey Smisek told a congressional hearing in June that his airline doesn't have the resources to oversee safety at all of its code-sharing partners, the AP report says. That responsibility, he said, belongs to the Federal Aviation Administration.

So next time you book some tickets to visit your backwoods, inbred parents in Doesntexisttown, Michigan, check to make sure that the connection from Chicago Midway to Doesntexisttown isn't a codeshare on some 'airline' called Bob's Airplanes N' Shit.

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