The one area where U.S. politicians do understand consumers is air travel. When 500 + people need to get back to their districts on a regular basis they know what it's like to have to make multiple connections to get home.
You may have noticed recent news reports about Congressional unhappiness over the American Airlines/US Airways merger. Some suggested that this grousing – over the possible loss of non-stop flights between representatives’ districts and Washington’s Reagan Airport – is nothing more than political whining over personal inconvenience. That could be part of it, but not all.
There is genuine concern about a potential loss of routes to and from smaller cities, and maybe even higher airfares – what one senator called “the creep of consolidation that threatens consumers” – but these worries are nothing new.
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