Try not to laugh too loudly the next time a flight attendant makes one of those pre-flight announcements to thank you for your business and say, “We know you have a choice in airlines.”
Now that the USA is down to just three major legacy carriers, thanks to the misguided merger between American Airlines and US Airways, it doesn’t take a card-carrying frequent flier to know your options are awful.
But they don’t have to be. Imagine if foreign airlines were allowed to offer flights in the United States, competing head-to-head with our new winged monopolies.
“If I could fly Japan Airlines or Cathay Pacific on U.S. domestic routes, at prices comparable to American airlines, I would buy those tickets in a New York minute,” says John Strohm, a software engineer from Huntsville, Ala.
“Why can’t foreign airlines fly in America?”