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Latest Regulations Will Raise Cost of Air Travel

mturn115 Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 5:56 PM
Environmentalists want us to reduce our carbon footprint, live, work and eat locally, use bikes, feet or mass transit to get around. However, the American public want to freedom to travel where they want, when they want, and however they want. This American public yearn for freedom is a problem for the environmentalists. So, if they make various means of travel more expensive, they can reign in that freedom-loving American public's desire to freely travel where they want. Reducing the supply of pilots and pilot flying hours, at a time when more pilots and pilot hours are needed, when demand is the same or increasing, will, using the economic law of supply and demand, increase the cost of air travel.

Regulations that vow to increase consumer safety are rarely met with resistance. After all, who wants to come out on the side for less safety? However, more often than not, these regulations tend to impede economic growth rather than achieve their intended goal of making the public safer.

Such is the case with the latest job killing regulation set to take effect next summer. The Wall Street Journal reports that new requirements for pilots will make it harder to obtain a license, increasing the required prior flight experience six-fold to 1,500 hours. This effectively raises the cost to become...