Despite crash, good news: Air safety steadily improves

  • Article by: James L. Gattuso
  • Updated: July 18, 2013 - 6:32 PM

Despite the recent crash in San Francisco, the safety of air travel has steadily improved.

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pumiceJul. 18, 13 6:11 PM

James Gattuso congratulates airline executives for not using economic deregulation to reduce air safety in the name of profit but only to reduce services and comfort. Gattuso points out that critics of economic regulation were wrong, wrong, wrong in their concern that airline executives might sacrifice safety in the name of profit. Why did Gattuso not congratulate government for maintaining airline safety regulations? Why did he not credit government regulations and regulators with the steady improvement in carrier safety?

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cwhittleseyJul. 18, 13 8:26 PM

From what I've read, most improvements in airline safety came from advances in technology, and they would have occurred with or without deregulation.

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comment229Jul. 19, 13 4:47 AM

Yep, airline safety records are good news. The bad news? Although I used to fly often, I will never again, because of the cost and cuts in comfort. I am fairly tall, and barely was able to sit in an airline seat as it was. Then I read about one airline that was going to sneak in another row of seats to help their bottom line. No way am I going to put up with this. I am sure they will do just fine without me. I remember when flying was prestigious, relaxing, and fun. Now? Well, go ahead and give them your money. I'm staying home if I cannot drive there.

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Don9539Jul. 19, 13 7:18 AM

A well deserved tip of the hat to the industry for the safety improvements. Now if we can just bring back to $300 round trip tickets MSP to the east coast. I have not seen one in quite a while.

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gopher68Jul. 19, 13 3:49 PM

Now, how did I know that an article specifically focused on the spectacular safety record of the US airline industry would produce complaints in the comment section about not being being treated like pampered royalty on airline flights?

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