The National Transportation Safety Board had a solution six years ago that would have mitigated the risks of an aircraft landing on a crowded taxiway but the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration failed to act. No, this does not mean we need to privatize air traffic control.
This security change will slow down airport security lines and lead to some confusion at TSA security checkpoints. It represents a middle ground after attempts to ban large electronics completely from aircraft cabins, representing something of a win for U.S. passengers.
U.S. airports have a lot of infrastructure problems, and many need be renovated. But we’re not sure American airports need indoor rainforests or virtual reality golf. That stuff is cute, but we think what travelers really want is on-time, reliable flights from clean, comfortable airports.
More intense screening procedures on big electronic devices will lead to longer lines in security for travelers to the U.S. And if you’re singled out and have forgotten to charge a device, you may have to dispose of it in order to get through security.
It’s still unclear how the air-traffic control system will evolve since the U.S. House and Senate remain at odds on serious issues like privatization.
Travelers and corporations certainly detest uncertainty and the prolonged governmental announcements about the possibility of an expanded laptop ban — will we, won’t we? — contribute to business anxiety.
A private air traffic control system isn’t dangerous or untested; many countries around the world use them. Until more details are known about what it will take to implement and operate this new system in the U.S., however, you should remain skeptical about the transformative prospects of such a change.
The United States is a country with checks and balances, meaning the President can’t assert excessive powers just because he says he has them. For now, the travel ban is on ice.
Electronics are now banned in the cabin on most flights from the Middle East to the U.S. and UK, though few can explain exactly why. Meanwhile, airports and airlines are scrambling to cope.
Though adding more U.S. pre-clearance facilities in gulf carrier hubs is a win-win for airlines and airports, we’d be surprised if pre-clearance expands across the Middle East given the travel ban involving several countries in the region.
Take that, Scott Kirby. A few weeks after United, which Kirby joined from American six months ago, announced an expansion into O’Hare, American did likewise. Point, counter-point. American will use the flights to blunt United’s moves and to improve connecting service.
People without hotshot lawyers get tossed in jail for possession of a few joints. The former Port Authority chairman does not deserve a get-out-of-jail free card just because he’s elderly and connected. This is corruption, not Monopoly.
U.S. airlines made executive changes and product upgrades last year to improve performance. But with this data will only encourage the Big Three legacy carriers to redouble efforts with the Trump administration to curb foreign airline expansion and reopen Open Skies agreements.
Despite an enormous pool of potential passengers, Africa’s low-cost market has yet to take off. Are restrictive bilateral agreements to blame, or is something else going on here? For many airlines, the numbers just don’t add up.
Privatization, the next illogical step after public-private partnerships, will become a mantra of the Trump Administration, but from prisons to toll roads, we’ve seen that privatization can be a mess. Lord help us all if efforts to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system, and others around the world, take hold.
Between their digital advertising tools and deep knowledge of consumers, there’s virtually no tech company on earth (other than Google) that can match Facebook and Instagram. The launch of Instagram’s new “Stories” feature should make advertising competitor Snapchat very afraid.