Cranky on the Web (January 2 – 6)

Flights to Europe Are About to Get More ExpensiveConde Nast Daily Traveler
With the European Union’s Emissions Trading System going into effect for air travel, flying might be pricier. This story was followed shortly by Delta announcing it would increase prices.

Guest Post: Top 10 US Airline Stories of 2011Bangalore Aviation
The guys at Bangalore Aviation asked me to do a guest post for them on the top stories of 2011 in the US regarding aviation.

In the Trenches: TippingIntuit Small Business Blog
We had a very happy client recently who decided we had earned more than we charged him. I had to figure out how to handle it.

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dan powers

loads now days are in the 90% …or higher… travel will be more comfortable if it goes back down to the 50-60% range like it was in the 60’s-early 80’s…no lines for the lav…room to stretch…un-used bin space….

Nick Barnard

Yup travel will be more comfortable but you’ll be spending three times as much to fly.


Do the math… halve the passenger headcount, double the fares…

David SF eastbay

Have to admit I’m not getting this EU Emissions thing.


What part of it do you not get? Emissions go into the atmosphere and cause certain problems. Therefore, by imposing a cost, the EU is trying to reduce emissions.

If you accept the US airlines’ argument that they don’t have to pay the tax because they aren’t based in the EU, then by the same logic, European airlines don’t have to pay the September 11 security fee imposed by the US government.


But the security fee is strictly per passenger to cover costs, while the EU taxes are per flight and don’t cover any costs. They essentially end up as pure profit for the EU.


That’s an internal political issue for the EU to figure out. There is no rule that says that taxes can only be imposed to cover costs.


Not surprising, ‘cuz there’s nothing to get…

There is no scientific proof than any CO2 emission anywhere has any impact on anything except to generate revenue for a bankrupt European “community”


That just figures…. the minute I decide I’m going to stop flying our own plane and fly in a human mailing tube they announce rate increases. That figures. Well, I guess we have to contribute to aviation somehow :P