The death of public air travel is coming. High gas prices? Nope. All those fees the airlines keep tacking on? Annoying, but no. Terrorism becoming a bigger threat? You’re getting warmer – and J-Nap will be happy to know her homegrown terrorism has become a reality.
If you answered “the TSA”, you get a gold star. The recent decision to allow the TSA to unionize is quite possibly the black plague to the air travel industry. Those thinking that pat downs and scanners were a giant government over-reach of power and an intrusive breach of our personal liberty and privacy were just the beginning now have their vindication, although I think most would forgo reveling in it.
We have all seen what unions have done to the private sector. I don’t think Wes Craven could come up with a scarier recipe to kill the airline industry and with it put the finishing touches on the decline of the American economy. I don’t think it coincidence either that we have this unionization announcement and Obama chose to re-visit his high-speed rail fantasy several times over the last month; highlighting it in the SOTU II speech.
My advice to America: Make sure you have a good internet provider, skype and a really reliable car with decent gas mileage. Public air travel as we know it just saw the coffin top closing.