Random Thoughts: Airline Pricing, Ebola, Chattanooga Rail Service, Flight Safety

Just some random thoughts:

Airline Pricing: Good news and bad news! Good news, the House has passed the bill to allow the Airlines to show fares without government taxes and fees. The airlines will show the amount of taxes and fees separately in a footnote or pop-up adds. Bad news, total airfare will be the same and you may think you are getting a lower fare than you do at checkout!

Ebola: With the news of the Ebola issues should passengers be concerned? Probably not, but you should always practice safe habits when flying, such as keeping your hands washed, avoid surfaces where others might leave a virus, avoid person to person contact when possible. The virus cannot be transmitted via airborne methods.

Chattanooga rail service: There continues to be talk about getting rail service for Chattanooga . With Chattanooga’s rail history it would be great! However our politicians want to go for “high speed rail”, which of course would be nice. Wouldn’t it be more more feasible to start off slow and then move to high speed? Use existing rail to see if people with actually use the service, then move forward from there!

Flight safety: With the news recently of the MH 17 downing and two other aircraft crashes, the question is raised, is it safe to fly? Without question it is still very safe to travel …… probably the safest way. Should you take precautions? It never hurts to. Know your aircraft’s route and if it flys over a potential trouble spot you can always consider other airlines/routes. US airlines sometimes have stricter limitations than foreign carriers, but I think with the MH17 incident all airlines will error on the safe side of routes!

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