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The airline got $ 50 billion in a pandemic bailout, but it's still confusing Americans

If you recently boarded or tried to fly, you might have something like this: 1:00 pm. The flight is now at 5 pm. The flight became a midnight flight before it was temporarily canceled. There is no explanation. The next flight is already full, but if that's okay, there will be two stopovers next week.

We have put up with a lot of things from airlines. Airplane food is currently limited to crackers and shot glass soda. Pay an exorbitant amount to check your baggage. Only some people can bring carry-on baggage. We pay to choose our seat. By the way, a sheet designed for a 95-pound person at 4'8 ”. They tortured us in different ways.

They swiftly made us point A to point B. And we took it safely, so we dealt with it. Sometimes it was cheap. We wanted something that only they could offer, so we continued to downgrade the service. But the airlines aren't keeping the end of the negotiations. They lack meetings, events, family time, etc. because they can't act together.

According to FlightAware, a website that tracks flight cancellations and delays, there were 1,629 delays and 631 cancellations "inside, inside, or outside the United States" just on Sunday. This was until noon. As the days progress, cancellations and delaysare more likely to occur.

Why do these frequent delays occur? The airline states that post-pandemic demand is high. That's probably true, but people are excited to book seats for flights that are supposed to exist just to prevent them from being present at the time of travel. It's not because of demand.

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There are many other reasons for airlines. .. Theyblame"Federal Aviation Administration staff shortage". They point theirfingers to"weather" or "unplanned absence of staff".

Second, there is a shortage of pilots. Why is there a shortage of pilots? The average flyer screams empty. One of the stupidest moves possible was to encourage pilots to retire early so they wouldn't be fired during a pandemic.

But right here, poor airline performance is more of a problem than a business that can't provide quality service to its customers. Over the last two years, airlines have received over $ 50 billion in pandemic bailouts. Our money. Congress tried to ask for an answer as to how the money was spent, but like all other Bundgles, they couldn't come up with a definite answer.

The money was for keeping jobs and saving industry. Pilots, who are very important to the flight as a whole, should never have been encouraged to leave work. Instead, the industry is in turmoil, staff arefired anywayand money is gone.

Some airlines continued to require employees to be vaccinated with COVID-19 until 2022, despite the employment crisis. Vaccine-exempt employees were put on paid leave, which seems to be inadequately used by taxpayers' dollars, until the airlinefinally forgave. rice field. Those without tax exemption were dismissed. It didn't make sense, and we are now paying for it.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Butigegrecently canceled his flight and was forced to drive from Washington to New York. Now he says his department can get the airline to hire more staff. This may work in some roles,, but the pilot is not. They need to be experienced and know what they are doing. Butigeg had no previous transportation experience before being selected for this role. The pilot cannot forge it in exactly the same way until it is made.

Perhaps the real lesson here is that the federal government should stop giving away free cash untied, even in times of crisis. Hope to remember that all elected officials whose flights were delayed by 2 or 6 hours or finally canceled gave the industry money to treat us this way. increase. And hope they never do it again.

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