Flying should be fun. It is for the tiny fraction of Americans who can afford their own private jet.
But why should the 2.2 million Americans that fly every day be held hostage by the private jet aviation lobby?
We do not oppose anyone’s right to fly, we welcome it. What we oppose and find fundamentally unfair is that the private jet industry’s lobbyist in Washington are preventing modernization to our air traffic control system that would make flying faster, less expensive and better for the environment.
For 25 years they have stood in the way of modernization. To that we simply say: No More.
In 2009, Charlie Leocha co-founded Travelers United, authored the book Travel Rights, and has appeared on hundreds of radio stations and TV programs representing the consumer interests. He sits on the Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections.
Marc Scribner is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which he joined in 2008. He focuses on transportation, land use, and urban growth policy issues. These include infrastructure investment and operations, transportation safety and security, risk and regulation, privatization and public finance, urban redevelopment and property rights, and emerging transportation technologies such as automated road vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems. He frequently advises policy makers on these matters at the federal, state, and local levels.
Robert Poole is director of transportation policy and Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow at Reason Foundation. Poole, an MIT-trained engineer, has advised the Ronald Reagan, the George H.W. Bush, the Clinton, and the George W. Bush administrations.
Airlines for America
Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of its members to shape crucial policies and measures that promote safety, security and a healthy U.S. airline industry. We work collaboratively with airlines, labor, Congress and the Administration and other groups to improve air travel for everyone.