Is Commercial Air Travel Becoming Dangerous?

I understand that Delta is coming out of bankruptcy, and overall, air travel is up nationwide with all airlines. That’s fantastic, and I’m happy for the industry. Travel is a big part of what I do. In fact, 2 years ago, I traveled 250,000 miles in a single year.
I average about 3 trips per month, and during the last few months, I’ve had some issues with aircraft maintanence. In fact, I can’t remember a single trip in the last few months without at least one leg having a technical problem. Doors won’t close, radar needs to be replaced, smoke in the cockpit, lost hydraulics, etc. I have a growing concern that with the increase in air travel, airlines aren’t able to keep up with aircraft maintenance. I have missed meetings, cancelled trips, and frankly, lost money because of these growing issues. Is anyone else having these types of problems? Is this a growing issue out there? Has the mainstream media examined this issue?


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  1. This is no way to get your own private jet…sorry…ha ha.

      Actually I have noticed the same thing.  Plus the planes are dirter than ever.  The bathrooms smell and your shoes stick to the carpet.

      Flight attendents take over the last rows of seats (sticking you in a center seat) so they can read magazines on long flights.  After all, with so much service being cut, what else do they have to do?

      My bags have been lost much more often in the last 12 months.

      The industry is in a tail spin…

  2. I fly overseas much more than domestically. International flights often give you better service because you've paid for a higher priced ticket, they have bigger planes and there are more flight attendents. But then again, service usually depends on your choice of airline, most Asian + European carriers being top shelf. That said, there is still a "cattle car" mentality even with overseas, i.e. "shut up, sit down, here's your food and headsets." If you're lucky enough to find yourself in Biz Class or F Class, it's heaven. You are treated well and called by your name. But those occasions, for most of us, are rare (shrinking budgets and all). The mechanical issues you raise, Phil, are important ones, more crucial than cabin service. American carriers are trimming costs everywhere, even down to olives in the salad. God forbid that their "bottom line" mentality has filtered its way to cuts in maintenance. The other issue of late for those headed to the Midwest or East Coast is weather. That's where a lot of delays and problems have cropped up. Especially this winter. Just ask those on Jet Blue recently. Last, security is tighter than ever. Just went through Frankfurt airport 2x in past few months. They are SERIOUS about checking bodies & bags. I was body searched so thoroughly by one German airport officer I thought he was going to ask me for my phone number later. 🙂

  3. I agree with Mary on the jet. Sorry Phil. I do however agree with you about the airlines. Its not limited to Delta Airlines. I'm an American Airlines patron and in the last 2 months, its been worse than ever. Now days, I count on something going wrong instead of right and I'm rarely disappointed. More to the point its the expected conversation on the flight. "Remember when…..there were pillows…when they cleaned the plane before boarding…..when you had more than 2 minutes to finish your just served beverage (before going into free fall). Those were the days. OMG Either Im getting old or my memories of just a year ago count as nostalgia.

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