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Why U.S. Air Transportation Policy is Anti-Santa

by Matt Mitchell on December 12, 2013

in Government-Granted Privilege

Watch this video:

Now consider the following:

  1. WestJet is a Canadian airline.
  2. This would seem to be yet one more example of a foreign airline providing superior service relative to U.S. domestic airlines.
  3. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. law has long-banned foreign air carriers from serving solely domestic routes, thus:

Air France could not carry a Los Angeles-originating passenger on a one-way flight from LA to New York. However, it could carry the passenger from LA to New York if the passenger had a through Air France ticket to Paris and, following a stopover in New York, boarded another Air France flight to Paris.

Ergo, an outdated protectionist measure may be keeping you from the best flight ever.

  • WRD

    Seemingly less and less about neighborhood policy and increasingly about national policy. I wonder why?

    • Keith Sketchley

      Someone is confusing topics and contexts.
      WestJet is having fun (and getting good advertising), as Southwest Airlines does.
      Check the website of each airline next April 1. (They are braver than most airlines which are bureaucracies – e.g. one year one of them announced its new policy to separate
      The comparison of service is only meaningful if prices are included. There is a wide range of prices to go with the wide range of service levels offered. I doubt WestJet is a deluxe airline, but I expect they and SWA care more about people.
      I agree that protectionism is bad. There has been some easing, much more is needed.

      • Keith Sketchley

        Completing the sentence, the separation of children announcement showed them coming out of the baggage compartment.
        Canada just announced more agreements for relaxation of restrictions for flying between countries, including Azur…stan.
        However, I’ll make it explicity clear that WestJet’s fun had nothing to do with protectionism, it was about having fun and getting publicity – as the major US airline Southwest does.

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