Forget Airplane ‘Terrorists.’ Who’s Going To Protect Us From the Airlines?

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Back in the 1980s, when I was still a far-left liberal, one of the books that planted a seed in my mind that big government was more about protecting big business than protecting consumers was a book written by former FAA Inspector Rodney Stich called The Unfriendly Skies. Though I’ve linked to this book a few times before, I feel that this is a good time to bring this book to your attention once again if you haven’t read it yet. If you’re still worried about what some imaginary terrorist might do to you on your plane flight to endanger your life, you won’t worry too much longer about that non-threat when you read what the airlines and airplane manufacturers really have been doing for decades to endanger your life on your plane flight.

I would presume that since most people aren’t even aware of what Stich exposes in this book, nothing has changed. After all, why would the airlines and Boeing—in cahoots with our “protector” FAA—have an incentive to change when there has never been a general outcry about the corruption depicted in this book?

1:45 pm on November 24, 2010