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Attention all passengers : the airlines' dangerous descent -- and how to reclaim
McGee, William J.
Adult Nonfiction HE9803.A4 M44 2012

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Air travel, once glamorous, is now an ordeal for passengers, a financial drain for investors, and a nearly unsustainable business model for the dwindling number of U.S. airlines. McGee, a former flight operations manager turned journalist and consumer advocate, explains what's wrong with commercial air travel in his debut book. The wonder is that it doesn't run to thousands of pages. He quickly cites as a cause the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act, which transformed airlines from public utilities run on a quasi-monopolistic basis to a free market business. McGee sides with critics who call for some reregulation to improve passenger experience and airline safety, and stabilize business operations. The dissection of major airlines' use of regional carriers with lower safety standards for short flights, among other troubling practices, makes this an effective polemic. However, though he backs his assertions with statistics that show "airline accidents caused by maintenance factors have increased significantly in recent years," McGee's extensive research yields a jumble of confusing references to various accidents, a slew of names from many interviews, and an occasional slip into professional jargon, distracting from an otherwise compelling read. Agent: Rob Weisbach, Rob Weisbach Creative Management. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Consumer Reports travel journalist McGee has spent 27 years in and around the aviation industry. In 2010, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation chose him as the only consumer advocate to serve on the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee. Here, McGee fills 12 chapters with information about the many cost-cutting tactics employed by the major U.S. airlines, from farming out flights to second-tier regional airlines to having aircraft repairs performed by unlicensed "mechanics'' in foreign countries. Although he alludes to his ideas earlier in the book, McGee enumerates his solutions to these problems in a chapter titled "Manifesto for Taking Back Our Skies," which is only seven pages long. This conclusion is overly simplified and easier said than done, offering few realistic and feasible steps toward change. VERDICT A word of caution: reading this book may cause a fear of flying. Despite shortcomings, this is recommended for those interested in reading about corporate bureaucracy and how it affects consumers. [See Prepub Alert, 1/16/12.]-Lisa Felix, Mishawaka-Penn-Harris P.L., IN (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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