Sequester takes flight
The Sequester is affecting the air traffic controllers and that is affecting the
on-time rates of the airlines pretty hard. Iím hearing from my circles
that airline travel is not quite what it used to be. I canít remember
the last time I took a flight that wasnít either 95%+ full or
Of course, Iím old enough to remember when they Ďsegregatedí the flights Ė the last 10
or so rows were for smokers. Getting a seat was not a problem provided
you didnít object to smelling like Marlboro when you exited the plane.
Air travel is very different today. Delays, rules, travelers going hungryÖ..and it
couldnít happen at a worse time Ė Spring. Weíve seen snow in Denver and
storms in the Midwest and East that have compounded the problem. The
Sequester cuts are just adding to the frustration.
Iím sure itís tough to determine who should take the initial brunt of tax cuts. Iím
thinking that if you want to get some attention, the airports are a
logical choice. This is the area that affects our business travelers
and vacation-bound citizens looking for some downtime. Itís probably
not the downtime theyíd prefer.
One website that was borne from the frustration is
Ground America. The comments are (forgive the pun) flying in. For
me, it sounds like a great time to take a drive!
Mark Schuster, Partner
April 24, 2013