inequality in the skies

I’m on a plane right now, flying from Sacramento back to Albany. And sitting here I’m reminded of how air travel itself reflects the growing inequality of society in a trivial, but suggestive, way. Planes have always had first-class and passenger cabins, at least as far as I know. If the Titanic had this distinction, […]

2 thoughts on “inequality in the skies

  1. chance111

    I feel like this article is a guilt trip for those that have achieved financially and in that regard it is just as unreasonable as mining guilt over how people in the United States use so much more of the world’s resources compared with so many other nations.

    Here’s a revelation: life isn’t fair. Aside from God viewing and loving everyone equally, we citizens of the world can be very different from one another in a great many ways– including, significantly, our ability to plan, design and achieve. And, clearly, not everyone is especially gifted in making their way in the world from a financial point of view. Yet, so often this translates into writings about how those that are good at developing and managing wealth are to be viewed as unworthy to enjoy the privileges of their wealth. Based on this philosophical view, this article implies that the airlines are wrong to commit extra resources to those people that are capable of affording those resources– and I could not disagree more.

    There is no code that an airline must make passengers comfortable. If they don’t make passengers comfortable, passengers will fly another airline. That is the nature of the marketplace– and this is entirely fair. Airlines do what maximizes revenue for the airline and there is absolutely nothing wrong with them doing that– even if a majority of the passengers arrive with stiff necks and little or no sleep on an international flight.

    Similarly, the U.S. and any other nation capable of developing the world’s resources– and using them– should not be viewed as callous or mean-spirited for doing so. There is a fairness for those nations with financial and industrial wherewithal to act in their own best interest because, in most instances, they have EARNED the right to do so! History shows this when we view a nation’s inventors and financiers, political leadership, and the industrious nature of particular peoples. The same is equally true for individuals. And, as such, successful individuals deserve every right amenity and perk that an airline can throw at them– from bigger seats that transform into beds, to better meals and more attractive flight attendants. If others want in on this, the solution is to work towards that goal rather than applying misplaced guilt to those who have achieved and criticizing the firms– in this case airlines– that recognize this reality!

    1. shawn

      Hi Chance111,

      I agree with a lot of your statements. Like a number of things in the media today, this article seems designed to inflame the have-nots against the haves. There is a minimum seat pitch of 26 inches in the UK, but don’t think US airlines are regulated except for max number of passengers.


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