A round-trip coach ticket between New York and Los Angeles was $208 in 1958, according to the Air Transport Association. You can still sometimes find a $208 ticket today, but that 1958 price is $1,570 in today's dollars.And then he correctly concludes:
From 1964 to 1973, there was an average of seven fatal accidents a year on U.S. airlines. The fatal accident rate per departure in 1969 was 13 times higher than in 2009
Now, it's [air travel] just another form of mass transit. As bad as things may seem now, the good ol' days weren't that great, either.Air travel is far more complex than moving people around a city. Yet, we are constantly told that government must provide mass transit on the local and regional level. Private businesses have mastered mass transit between cities and between continents, but they are virtually prohibited from offering such services on the local level. And when government doesn't explicitly prohibit such offerings, subsidized government entities make it impossible to compete.
While the aviation industry remains heavily regulated, even some marginal freedom in the industry has resulted in lower fares for consumers and safer travel. Motivated by their own self-interest--profit--private companies have sought to make travel more affordable and less risky, both of which benefit consumers. The same is true of every industry.
Despite these lessons, we are told that we need more incompetent government meddling in health care, the auto industry, and the financial industry. Private businesses take the blame for government regulations time and again, despite the overwhelming evidence that those regulations lead to nothing but misery.
Back in the good ol' days, when people were taught to think in principles, these scams would be quickly and widely identified for what they are--a power grab. Back in the good ol' days individuals had a genuine respect for the rights of their neighbors. Back in the good ol' days individuals did not turn to the government to cure every cold and bandage every scraped knee. Those must have been good days.