To regulate, or deregulate, that is the question

April 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm 3 comments

It’s funny, this industry we’re all involved in. Years ago there was a movement to deregulate the airline industry. Now, with Spirit Airlines and Ryanair charging for carrying on bags and a piece of toilet paper (that’s probably not even double quilted), the DOT’s got its panties in a bunch.  Readers, we ask you your opinion in this quick little poll.

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  • 1. Chris Nicholas  |  April 13, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Government is not designed to work like a business or run like a business. In a free economy the market will dicate what works and what doesn’t. This fact is more easily demonstrated now due to technological advances that allow us to instantly communicate with people (Youtube, Facebook, etc) and let our opinions be known. When company executives see customer backlash or they start to get negative feedback on their adverstising programs (see Tiger Woods), they make changes.

    Government needs to push back away from the table and let the free market decide what works best.

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  • 2. Alan Minton  |  April 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I don’t mind government regulations regarding issues of consumer safety such as food and drug quality and road and bridge safety but having the government involved in product pricing is a little ridiculous.

    The gov’t has a captive consumer base (citizens) that must purchase all of the products and services they provide regardless of quaity, applicability or price (taxes). Heck, they can even throw you in jail if you don’t buy. Yet with these advantages they have only been debt free for two years out of the last 234.

    If I have to choose between the Secretary of Transportation and Sen. Schumer or an entrepreneur. I am going with the entrpreneur every time.

    Check out this article in the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/travel/sns-ap-us-carry-on-fee-schumer,0,5022484.story

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  • 3. aash411  |  April 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    The government or in the case of Spirit Airlines, Sen. Schumer need to stop thinking about the publicity they will get from talking about a popular topic like bag fees and start understanding that the free market will dictate if this is a good thing or a bad thing not the US Congress. The last thing we need is for government to get involved. Look at a great example of the IRS – did they make taxes any simpler? If the US Congress gets involved we might end up choosing deductions to decrease our airfare.

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