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April 10th, 2008
05:07 PM ET

Are you less likely to fly this summer?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

If you're planning to jet off somewhere for summer vacation, you may want to reconsider your mode of transportation.

That's because this week's massive flight cancellations by American Airlines are likely to spread to other airlines as federal regulators step up their enforcement of maintenance and safety regulations.

American says it's canceled more than 900 flights today. This is the third day in a row of cancellations, which now total close to 2,500. The airline says it expects all its planes to be inspected and ready for flight by Saturday. This has left more than 140,000 passengers stranded. The company's CEO is apologizing to passengers and says he accepts "full responsibility" for failing to meet FAA standards. Meanwhile, Midwest airlines also grounded 13 "MD-80" planes today.

These inspections were ordered to look for potential wiring hazards in wheel wells and other possible faults – things that could cause fires or trouble with the landing gear. In recent weeks, Delta, Southwest and United Airlines have also canceled flights in order to perform safety checks.

One expert says flight delays and cancellations could soon get worse, especially for airlines with older fleets and may last all the way into June. It's estimated that about 35% of the U.S. fleet is more than 25 years old.

Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration insists it is just doing its job of enforcing the regulations. But today senators blasted the FAA for "becoming too close to the industry it regulates”, saying it had been neglecting its safety operations.

A lot of these safety issues came to light when it was revealed that Southwest airlines was flying planes even after cracks were discovered in a jet's fuselage.

Here’s my question to you: When making travel plans this summer, are you less likely to fly?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Wendy from New Hampshire writes:
I can get in my car without taking off my shoes or passing through a metal detector. I can travel by car and have plenty of leg room. I can choose my meals, my bathrooms, heck even my route. I can even carry shampoo, nail clippers, scissors for my knitting. I refuse to be treated like a petty criminal or a major threat to safety, all for the privilege of hurtling through the air (eventually) in a flying cattle car.

Peterv from Fairview, Texas writes:
Jack, People who want to fly and have made plans to fly will fly. Some may be inconvenienced, but the world does not stop because of glitches in air travel. It just gets delayed a bit. The problem may very well be resolved by then and people don't usually make plans for a vacation on the spur of the moment.

Harold from Alaska writes:
Unfortunately, residents of our state, and Hawaii, have no practical alternative to the airlines.

Colleen from Charlotte, N.C. writes:
I'm sick of flying and traveling. I find myself staying home more often and like it that way. Our family of four will drive to Michigan from N.C. this summer prompted by a family wedding. Not only is flying not cost-effective, but you are not even sure if you will make it. The 16 hours of driving will be more pleasant than the potential for 2 days in airports.

Renee writes:
I have reservations to go on a trip in July. I am already trying to mentally prepare myself for the joy of waiting in the long security lines in Atlanta with a ten year old! Woo hoo! That being said, I'd rather airlines take the time to make sure maintenance is accurate and there are no mechanical issues.

Kim from Dodge City, Kansas writes:
Not unless I absolutely cannot avoid it. Just pile the safety concerns on top of the rude treatment, declining service and high prices. But the airline industry should not worry too much. Pretty soon China will own all our air carriers and we know what they do to people who complain. So buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.


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soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. Terry From California

    I don't fly during the summer months. I travel in the off seasons. Much easier that way.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  2. Alan from San Angelo, TX

    As a former road warrior, it's hard to stomach flying nowadays. The key will be the price of gas and the length of the trip.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  3. Jed from Chico, CA

    Better late than never, Jack.

    Better to get there late and alive because everything works right than to crash and burn and never get there because someone didn't do their job.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  4. dave, michigan

    Why anyone flies these days is beyond me, Jack.
    IF you believe the skeptics, save your money and buy the kids new shoes for the next couple of years, NOW. Stagnation, right(inflation and unemployment), will only send ticket prices skywood. I see nothing but trouble ahead for the airlines. It would also be nice if the FAA was doing its job too. Oversight my backside.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  5. SUSANM

    COMMENT: ABINGDON, MD.

    FLY ON WHAT?

    April 10, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  6. Greg, PA

    Fly? Are you frickin crazy! This ass is never going to sit itself on an airplane! All this crap about missing safety checks, pilots falling asleep, discharging their guns in the cockpit! Tell you what Jack you fly for me!

    April 10, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  7. Ralph, Long Island, NY

    Maybe a little less likely than zero.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  8. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Are you kidding, even if I had the money to fly I would choose another mode of transportation. No one wants to wait hours at the airport to find out that their flight has been delayed or even worse cancelled. And if you are lucky enough to get on the plane, is it safe ? Then upon arrival at your destination if it was your destination the airline cant find your luggage. WHO WANTS TO FLY ?

    April 10, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  9. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    No, since I gave up flying when I retired. I don't trust the airplanes or wonder if the pilots are sober.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  10. Tina

    I never fly and until I win a trip I won't and that is a fat chance so I will continue to drive myself and stop and smell the roses instead of being jammed into a glorified bus smelling some fat man in the next seat over.
    Texas

    April 10, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  11. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    I've been avoiding flying more and more in the past seven years. Since 9/11, the airlines treatment of customers has deteriorated. Passengers are rarely reimbursed for the losses they incur because of delays and cancelations or lost luggage. This industry is sinking because of it's attitude toward it's paying customers.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  12. Ron Kepics

    Hi Jack:

    Knowing several airline employees and , was employed as a travel agent many years ago. And traveled by air and still do allot. What people should ask themselves is: "Would that flight crew be boarding that aircraft if they knew it was not safe?" It is highly unlikely. You are safer in a plane than the family car. The difference is, you are totally helpless if something goes wrong.

    This is about politics and not safety.

    Yes, I would fly to a destination rather than drive. Would it be more of an inconvenience? Yes, it is. Is it woth the inconvenience? That depends how far you are going. I think the TSA and the FAA could be doing it better. They need to: "GET IT TOGETHER" and stop hanging around at the "WATER COOLER" and start working.

    Ron K. San Diego

    April 10, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  13. Bert, Iowa City, IA

    Absolutely not. As usual, I intend to not fly whenever possible.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  14. David Natchez, MS

    No way, I hated flying on a good day when you only had to show up 2-4 hours early, remove half of your clothes and try not to look like a terorist while standing in line with noisey children, argueing people and the fools with things they know can't be taken onto the flight.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  15. Chicago Bob

    The airports are a mess and the planes are being cancelled left and right. Who would want to fly anywhere. It takes a lot of the fun and relaxation out of a vacation.

    However, since I am unemployed, I have more time to drive to places instead. So if I do fly, it will be because I can't find suitable jobs where I live.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  16. Jim

    Jack: I have been retired for almost 6 years and flew 12 to 20 business trips a year for 35 years before that. We planned a trip last fall for this coming summer to use up my remaining frequent flier miles. However, with all the problems with the airlines, the costs of renting a car and gas, as well as our reduced income resulting from the current economy; we have decided to cancel our trip. I would rather lose the mileage than go through all the turmoil of air travel.

    Jim
    Hoffman Estates, IL

    April 10, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  17. Steve

    I plan to drive this year for vacation, even thou the price of gas is high. At least I know, my car will leave on time, and not be canceled.

    Steven, NJ

    April 10, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  18. Orlando

    Jack,

    I'm less like to fly or drive at these rates. I will do what comes naturally that's walk. I have to go before they try to figure out a way to regulate that too.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  19. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    I can drive from south Florida to New Jersey in 19 hours and spend 200.00 dollars in gas. If you take in all the time wasted getting to the airport early just to be delayed after you go through 2 hours of security. When you factor in the 600.00 dollar price tag that includes headphones, food, and extra baggage you must pay for separate, the restrictions on what you can and can't bring with you, not to mention all the stress involved with being a slave to the airline industry, it really makes no sence to put myself through the trouble. In a word, NO I will not fly.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  20. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    Flight is already planned and booked for July.
    That's a no, Jack.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  21. Terry in Hanover Co., VA

    I will never fly again but Mom's flying for the first time this summer and she's scared to death - not of terrorists, not of crashing, not of long lines - but of losing her luggage at Heathrow, especially her makeup bag.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  22. Ursula

    My husband and I were planning a trip to the Dakota's and I became uncomfortable with the idea just a couple of weeks ago. I'm so glad I changed my mind. Flying became more stressful after 9/11, but what's happening with the airlines now is OUT OF CONTROL! We're paying to fly and they act like they're doing US a big favor.

    With this tight economy, my priority is on completing home projects and relaxing with our appreciative pets.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  23. Marjorie

    No Jack, I will not go anywhere this summer. Thanks to GWB's policies...I am broke.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  24. Larry - Fulton, Ill.

    Jack,
    I still plan to take my wife to Hawaii this summer. I would rather fly with the knowledge that the airlines have inspected and corrected any flaws in the plane we're in. Besides, it's a long, wet drive to get there.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  25. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Considering that gas might reach $4 this Summer, and now this airlines mess, maybe it's time for the US to do what Europe and Asia have done forever: heavily promote train travel. The infrastructure is there, although it would need refurbishing and enhancing, but why not try it?? Americans can learn to ride trains again; they might even enjoy it!

    April 10, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  26. Don Blue Springs, Missouri

    No, I wouldn't fly if you gave me the ticket. I would rather walk.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  27. Ron in Springfield, Il.

    Sounds like a silly question....if they're making the planes safer, we should all be MORE likely to fly thinking we'll get there safe. I don't think the American public should be mad about them fixing the planes, except those left stranded in an airport. Jack, get back on track, politics is much, much more funner to talk about.

    April 10, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  28. mitchell martin ark.

    who would want to fly ,at all?it's like traveling thru nazi germany,just to get on a plane.jack?did you know they won't even let you take your marijuana on vacation with you,if you fly,so why even go?

    April 10, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  29. CSN

    What I fail to understand is why American Airlines creates so much chaos by canceling flights during the day . Could they not have grounded the planes at night reducing the number of stranded passengers at airports ?

    April 10, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  30. junie in Canada

    What travel plans? The Republican economic policies have have made it less likely that Americans can AFFORD to make travel plans ... but maybe that's their cockeyed way of taking care of the safety issues?

    April 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  31. Robert White

    Yes jack alot less likely to fly this summer.
    If you get on the plane no telling how long you might be on the runway
    before you get to take off then you wonder if the plane is going to catch
    on fire. Then waiting for a suit case that you will never see again,only to come the trip home and the airline you booked is shut down, overnite. Oh and by the way the fuel surcharge, unreal. So Jack I wont be flying for a long time.
    Bob Camby,IN.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  32. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    Jack people that want to fly and have made plans to fly will fly. Some may be inconvenienced but the world does not stop because of glitches in air travel. It just gets delayed a bit. The problem may very well be resolved by then and people don't usually make plans for a vacation on the spur of the moment. The plans have been in the works for a while and after booking rooms flights resorts and so on it isn't likely people will cancel plans because of what might happen. Why don't you try being a Pollyanna for a change and look at the bright side of things once in a while. If people are going on vacation they must still have the funds to do it and that is a good thing.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  33. Robert White

    Yes jack alot less likely to fly this summer.
    If you get on the plane no telling how long you might be on the runway
    before you get to take off then you wonder if the plane is going to catch
    on fire. Then waiting for a suit case that you will never see again,only to come the trip home and the airline you booked is shut down, overnite. Oh and by the way the fuel surcharge, unreal. So Jack I wont be flying for a long time.
    Bob Camby,IN.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  34. Esther Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    Jack
    have you ever seen an engine on an airplane? i worked on TA-4J in kingsville texas and had to do inspections daily on the planes we flew the nuts and bolts are held together with safety wire. the bolts have a hole drilled in and then the wires are threaded throw them and twisted and then to the next one all held together to keep them from loosing. lots of wire in that small engine on a TA-4J. wonder what kind of safety features are not being watched in those and who really cares cause as long as the share holders are happy whats the difference if one american or 100 die. in a flight on the battle ground whats the difference? all die for nothing except money

    April 10, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  35. Chris Swansea, MA

    First of all I can't afford to go anywhere. Second if I could and I got stranded in some airport because some airline grounded all thier flights and had to pay $25.00 or $30.00 for a meal that was worth about $12.00 I would probably commit a violent act. The TSA would take me to jail and probably label me a terrorist. I would then more than likely be taken to Guantanimo Bay without legal representation and be torchured. Nope I'll just keep trying to pay for my responsible mortgage by myself because I didn't buy a Mc Mansion with all the bells and wistles on an adjustible rate. Therefore I won't be getting bailed out..

    April 10, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  36. Jerry

    Why would I want to fly when I can pay close to $ 4.00 dollars
    a gal for gas for my car. And I can bring my own water and Grandma
    doesn't have to take her sneakers off.

    Jerry
    Roselle, Illinois

    April 10, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  37. Marvin Lexington, MA

    I'm not less likely to fly; the airlines are doing what they are required to do; taking charge of their safety requirements. Today is just a small inconvenience in comparison to a possible disaster tomorrow.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  38. Les Young Oklahoma

    The reason i will not fly this summer are more to do with the price of tickets. The hassel of getting through the check in line. Service is lousy at all airlines. The only way i will fly is have not other choice

    April 10, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  39. Ron Richmond, VA

    It's a damn shame, Jack. I've said it before and will never stop, $$$ Money is destroying the integrity, the safety, and our futures on a daily basis. These cheap B@^%&%**# would risk the lives of thousands to save a buck for a COE! No leadership in Washington and absolutely no integrity in the Executive offices at the Major Airlines!
    And fuel is killing us! I would like to say I'll drive this summer, but I can't! Because when it hits $4.00 a gallon, as far as I'm concerned, it's over!

    Everyone makes excuses but the bottom line is this country has been looted by Bush, Cheney and Haliburton, KBR, Iraq!!!!!!! Bush is killing us! I can't afford to travel this summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why aren't these men in PRISON?

    April 10, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  40. Ryan, Champaign IL

    Jack, with the ridiculous hikes in oil prices, I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever be able to fly again.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  41. Kim Smith, Dodge City, Kansas

    Not unless I absolutely cannot avoid it. Just pile the safety concerns on top of the rude treatment, declining service and high prices. But the airline industry should not worry too much. Pretty soon China will own all our air carriers and we know what they do to people who complain. So buckle up........its going to be a bumpy ride.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  42. James Wilson

    After flying to our annual vacation for the past fifteen years, this year my wife and I finally decided to give up on commercial aviation due to the many security hassles since 9/11 and the continuing issues of dealing with customer hostile airlines. We divorced our vacations from the airlines and bought an rv. We are enjoying an extended vacation currently, especially since we do not have to deal with the hassles of traveling by commercial airlines.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  43. RENEA,PLYMOUTH,MI

    THE FAA IS NOT THE ONLY AGENCY.IT ALSO EPA,THE CPA AND FDA. ALL THESE AGENCY ARE SUPPOSE TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC INSTEAD THEY PROTECT WHAT IS GOOD FOR BIG MONEY BUSINESS

    April 10, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  44. wally rehmann in las Vegas

    i won't be flying this summer or anytime i can see. i can't afford the gas to get to the airport,can't afford the rising ticket prices due to the cost of gas, i drive once a week due shopping and what ever i need. i pay all my bill's on line to cut down on stamps and gas iam lucky enough to live close to a nice beer hall so that saves gas, besides i don't drink and drive, my cable bill just went up again so i may have to cut you back jack, i wish i could go back to 1963 things were so pure and simple........................

    April 10, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  45. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    I don't fly! I was in aviation when I was in the Navy and I remember the days when you just bought your ticket,got on the plane and the airlines treated you with respect. Now,with the crowded airports,incompetent guards and inspectors,surly employees and too-small seats,I wouldn't go near an airport. I would just as soon prefer to be water-boarded!

    April 10, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  46. Louise in Montreal, Canada

    Yes, I am less likey to fly for all the usual airport hassle reasons, flight cancellaions and airlines in default. BUT, as a person affected and disabled by Parkinson's , I am even MORE concerned about the latest airport security technique of singling out potentially threatening passengers among the throngs based on body posture and facial expressions.

    Lord knows, many of us 'Parkies' have already been the subject of additional scrutiny and screening at airports because of the way we move, speak, and look AND we get blank stares from security staff when we tell them about our Parkinson's. I'm going to feel like a target with a bull's eye on me during my next airport visit. Ah, to be twice blessed ... Parkinson's and now a target! Bon Voyage, everybody!

    April 10, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  47. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    I'm a working stiff Jack I don't fly. The entire industry is a taxpayer subsidized gift to the rich as far as I'm concerned. Why is our federal government so financially entangled in what is a for profit private enterprise anyway?

    April 10, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  48. Colleen Brooks from Charlotte, NC

    I'm sick of flying and traveling. I find myself staying home more often and like it that way. Our family of four will drive to MI from NC this summer prompted by a family wedding. Not only is flying not cost effective, but you are not even sure if you will make it. The 16 hours of driving will be more pleasant than the potential for 2 days in airports and at the end of the journey we will have a car to drive and not have to spend over $1000.00 on a weekly car rental like we had to do on our December vacation.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  49. Ralph at NYC

    No, Jack. Unless we plan to take a cruise, there are so many places most accessible by plane, as much as I love to drive. Years ago, the biggest scare was hijacking, and we worried most when planes crashed into buildings or into the ground, piloted by terrorists.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  50. Harold from Anchorage

    Unfortunately, residents of our state, and Hawai, have no practical alternative tp the airlines.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  51. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    I don't think that I will be flying much this summer, if at all. Normally I travel with my wife to visit relatives and friend, however, because of the crisis with the Airline Industry and increase prices due to high fuel cost, I will be extending and "open invitation" and "open house" to one and all of my family to come and visit me.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  52. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va

    Jack,

    NO WAY! The airlines forget they are just mass transportation – nothing more! How they have convinced the American people that they must submit to every stupid search and order from anyone in an uniform, watch everything they say and do; and sit for long hours in oxygen deprived cabins without asking any questions is mindboggling.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  53. Mini Mom, Pinckney, MI

    The planes are old, their maintenance is outsourced, the service is lousy, the cost is outrageous, the FAA is lacking and the requirements to even board a plane (being questioned, patted down, searched, removing shoes, and bringing nothing personal (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.,) in my book just doesn't make it worth it. If I can't drive to where I would like to go, then I'm just fine staying home.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  54. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    Certainly. I have absolutely no intentions of flying not knowing the state of the airplane, or which hobby the pilot chooses on the day; drinking, target practice or sleeping. The news coming out of the airline industries is so frightening that Al Queda will perhaps be too frightened to fly still we have to endure those invasive prodedures prior to boarding. If it becomes absolutely necessary that I fly, you bet that my hand luggage will be a parachute. If I consider my life precious enough to ser vice my car and take precautions I expect no less from the airlines. Until I am satisfied that the airlines consider life more precious than gambling chips, driving and Grey hound are manageable options.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  55. Ralph at NYC

    With the skyrocketing gas prices, we may just remain home.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  56. Jay - Atlanta

    I'd suggest given our circumstances, we're ALL less likely to fly. And I would suggest unless there are some very large fare increases the airline industry will not be recognizable in five years. A jet engine drains 15 pounds of fuel per engine per minute. The airlines are going to have to put some serious surcharges on a fare to break even. And with the FAA now willing to ground fleets of planes when wirning harness strap spacing is one quarter inch off, there may come a time when flying is only for the very wealthy. And this is the way it used to be before airports become bus stations, now that I think about it.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  57. Brian - Minneapolis, MN

    Jack,

    No, I'm not less likely to fly...just more likely to crash.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  58. Wings, Aloha, OR

    Just a few words covers it Jack...
    Special interests, lobbyists, payoffs and political appointments favoring business.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  59. Wendy Theriault, New Hampshire

    I can get in my car without taking off my shoes or passing through a metal detector. I can travel by car and have plenty of leg room. I can choose my meals, my bathrooms, heck even my route. I can even carry shampoo, nail clippers scissors for my knitting. I refuse to be treated like a petty criminal or a major threat to safety, all for the priviledge of hurtling through the air (eventually) in a flying cattle car.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  60. Jim

    Jack, this is an example of what happens when you interfere with free markets. You bring "big government " in, and suddenly you aren't allowed to fly planes with substandard parts. We should just trust the airlineindustry to reguate itself, like we do with healthcare, or the oil industry.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  61. Greg from Mechanicsburg, PA

    There are only two ways I will ever fly again:

    1. The FAA and the airlines do a complete overhaul of their operations and prove that it's safe in the air and on the ground, or

    2. Someone's life depends on it.

    I don't expect to see either one of these things ever happening.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  62. earl illingsworth

    I haven't gotten on an airline since the tight regulation were imposed, and the flight delays, so my answer is "No" Jack for summer, or any other time! The question I pose to you, and your veiwers is ,"How long will it take for the government to bail out the airline (Repeat) industry"? The fleets (Airplanes) most are flying are antiquated, or in dire need of extremely high cost maintenance, which could have easily been done(preventive maintanance) ,were it not for managements exorbinate salaries!

    April 10, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  63. Jolaine Ia

    Jack,

    I'm alot less likely to fly, drive, boat or ride a train this summer thanks to Bushanomics.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  64. Matt Emmaus PA

    Nope. I have to save as much money as I can for college. So there's no way that I can afford a flight, let alone one that might be canceled. If only the government would hand out a few more college credits, then yes, I would be outraged. But, for the moment, I have to save my money because I'll be paying for my education until I'm 30!

    April 10, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  65. Velle In Halifax

    I'll fly when airlines quit thinking they're running bus-lines...with one leaving every hour, on the hour. The Airlines of today are their own worst enemies. Why would anyone want to patronize a business who gives third-rate service at first-rate premiums. How do their stock-holders travel?

    April 10, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  66. John

    Well Jack, it seems pretty obvious that I will skip the long delays and harassment from TSA and just travel the old fashioned way, by car. Sure gas is high but at least you can get there on time without the lost luggage.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  67. Renee L.

    I already have reservations to go on a trip in July. I am already trying to mentally prepare myself for the joy of waiting in the long security lines in Atlanta with a ten year old! Woo Hoo! That being said, I'd rather airlines take the time to make sure maintenance is accurate and there are no mechanical issues.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  68. Bill, Quarryville, PA

    I made arrangements to fly down to Paris Island to see my grandson graduate from the Marines. It is very important to me and my wife that we go. I like to plan my trips well in advance. This time I wish I would have waited because I would have chosen to drive down instead of flying. I will not be booking any more flights this summer or in the near future. When they start solving problems of flights being canceled, airplanes unsafe for flying, and lost luggage then I will be flying again. I am retired and I do not have to fly. I feel sorry for the people that do.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  69. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    Travel plans? Vacations? Jack, are you a closet NeoCon? I can not afford a vacation. I'm already at the point where I'm making a down payment on a tank full of gasoline! Flying? Not if I can avoid it! Where was the great Ralph Nader book, "Unsafe at Any Altitude?"

    April 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  70. Will, San Jose CA

    Flying in a plane with cracks and electrical problems is still safer then commuting amongst thousands of over-sized SUV with owners paying more attention to their text messages then the road in front of them.

    I'm not sure if that's a recommendation for flying as much as it is a condemnation of our typical drivers.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  71. Barry, Miami, FL

    Why fly? So I can go through a demeaning search, stuffed in a hot smelly airliner full of people with bad attitudes?

    More and more an airplane is just a Greyhound bus with wings.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  72. Ubon

    Jack i love watching CNN, Although i don't have any traveling plans for this summer and even if i did i would rather drive than fly. This story reminds me of the third world countries whose government does nothing to help its economy nor citizen to the point that many airlines fly broken planes risking many lives of passengers on board. but i don't blame them i could understand why many airlines would take such risk for one they are filling bankruptcy due to high cost of jet fuel talk less of maintenance issues on the aircrafts. Jack this is just the beginning of an end of this great country called America. Everything was manageable until Bush decides to test his executive power and went to war in the wrong country and now we are all paying the price for his self interest in politics. If all that money that went into the war in Iraq was invested here in America we wouldn't be facing economic recession, gas prices wouldn't have hit $3.35/gal. and airlines wouldn't risk passengers lives in broken airplanes to save money for jet fuel.
    Jack i can sadly say this is all president Bush fault
    Twin Cities, Minnesota

    April 10, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  73. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    I am less likely to fly, but the aviation industry isn't the only victim of neglect by the Bush administration. If I drive, I know that bridges have collapsed from neglect. If I take trains and public transportation, I know miles of track go without adequate inspection and maintenance. The safest sensible option looks like walking the campaign trail for Obama.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  74. S, Michigan

    Jack, Most of the flying I do is for my work and I do a lot. I do it because I have to. So, I guess the question is will my employer ask me to fly less because they are concerned about my safety? By the way, who will wilingly want to pay money for a personal summer travel to put themselves thru' the enjoyment of airport screening, delays, rude people, cramped seats, lost luggage, etc? The airlines see this, and that's why many of them are cutting back on the # of flights and planes they have in operation.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  75. Ralph

    Absolutely. I'm disabled and can barely make it to the grocery store. Who's going on vacation? Rick, Yakima, Wa.

    April 10, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  76. Judy, Exeter, Ca

    I made up my mind twelve years ago not to set foot on another airplane as long as I lived, and I've stood up to that. The rude treatment at that time was unbelieveable, can't imagine what it's like now with the TSA thrown into the mix. No thanks, I'll ride a horse!

    April 10, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  77. Barb Canada

    Not without a parachute!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  78. Ron

    I am flying to Nevada (from Indiana) in August. I am leaving for the airport now. Will send a post card when and if I arrive.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  79. Ramsey

    As a frequent flier for the past 21 years (at 21 years old) I don't see this affecting my flying habits at all. The fact is that we've been flying on these planes this whole time and nothing has gone wrong. Does that mean nothing will go wrong? no. But It does mean they have been safe thus far. You are more likely to be in a car accident than a plane accident. Pilots train for years before they get their certification, and now that they've increased safety inspections, this should make us feel safer, not worried about these airlines.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  80. K.C. Huffman

    In June my family, and by family I mean my wife and our two kids (3 years and 10 months), her parents, her sister and her husband and their 6 month old, and her grandmother who is celebrating her 90th birthday the day before we depart, are traveling to Maui on Hawaiian Air. From what I know, Hawaiian Air has a great safety and on-time reputation. I'm hoping the same stays true for us. I'm also hoping I survive the family time.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  81. Jennifer Collins

    I am already booked to fly to Turkey via England in June on AA. (I hope they sort out everything by then).

    April 10, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  82. Danae

    Though flying can be a hassle and I have more horror stories then happy stories, the fact is that I live in New York and the rest of my family lives in Hong Kong. If either of us wants to see each other, then SOMEONE has to be willing to fly. Either way, I'm trying not to fly any American carriers. Foreign airline companies still know how to treat people!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  83. Jen

    Jack,
    I normally do not fly, but we have a vacation to Orlando scheduled in 2 weeks. With 3 kids ages 8 and under, a 2.5 hour plane ride and going through security sounds great compared to 18 hours in the car! I can deal with a bit of inconvienence, at least I won't hear, "are we there yet? and stop staring at me!".

    April 10, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  84. MrsWCW

    I actually am booked on a flight in late June. If something goes awry, I'll gladly switch back to my old tried & true – road trip! I used to like flying, but in the last 12 years or so it's become such a hassle, I much prefer driving.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  85. Sheila

    I fly several times a year for business and will be taking a trip by plane for pleasure this summer. In the last two years I haven't had a flight delay of more than 25 minutes; haven't had a flight cancelled or a bag lost (knocking on wood).

    The key is to book times carefully, and be prepared.

    When you factor in the price of gas and the cost of my time, flying is definitely a better deal than driving for long trips.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  86. SH, Canada

    You owe 1.3 Billion Chinese people an APOLOGY!!!
    Your comment on China yesterday is an assault to all Chinese. It only shows your prejudice and ignorance.

    I understand your are powerless and desperate when you face a strong China and the fearless Chinese people. But behave yourself; don't make a fool of yourself. The world is watching you!!!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  87. Gilberto, Kingston NY

    Jack, I will be flying as I always do every summer, I will make sure to check the type of aircraft use to the destination so is not one of those being inspected.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  88. DJ

    Driving a car is sooo safe.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  89. R0

    I've always look at flying as an aberation...a means of getting around that humans really shouldn't be doing anyway and therefore inherently risky. In that spirit, whenever I fly, I always expect the worst. So what the heck, if the price is right, I'll fly, delays or no delays. Besides, with all the fearmongering going on in this country right now, I'm more afraid to walk across the room. Might have a stroke or a runaway car driven by a superannuated fumicant might just plow through my living room.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  90. JW

    I have to fly for business. And by fly I mean fly a lot. Everything about traveling in this country wears me slick. Long security lines, delayed and canceled flights, overbooked flights, scaled-back services, expensive tickets, fewer flights. I've been on flights that have had to make emergency landings, flights that have all kinds of problems, but yet I don't have an option to not give these corporate dinosaurs my business because I have to make a living. I 'd love to be part of a class action suit against the airlines for impeding commerce. Every time they jerk us around and make us miss flights and meetings and events, they cost us money. And they strip away my sanity.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  91. Blair from Virginia

    I have no choice, as I am studying abroad this summer in Italy. My only hope is that I can get there and back with no problem, as my student visa is only valid for a set amount of time.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  92. Jeff, Buffalo NY

    Absolutely. I'll fly during non-peak times.

    Am I safe? Yes, safer than if I get in my car and drive somewhere.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  93. Chris in Phoenix

    I would rather not fly at all, ever. I hate it. But, would you rather take a 6 hour flight, or a 24-48 hour drive? And looks like I have to travel by air coming up in June for work. Blech.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  94. garrick

    hi jack
    I dont think I will fly until next year,or at least until I see if any flights fall from the sky in the next few months, I cancealed my trip from Florida to Virginia<Ill pay for gas and drive

    April 10, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  95. Jody

    No, but I believe the planes are safe. I just don't want to wait in long lines, risk getting stranded or have my luggage lost...

    April 10, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  96. alexa, Lovettsville, Va

    With the escalating price of gas and food who can afford to plan a vacation this summer?

    April 10, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  97. Shannon in Phoenix, AZ

    I've been in two near-death experiences this morning just commuting on the Loop 101 to Scottsdale. Everybody is coming online with a "The Sky Is Falling" attitude, yet thousands of motorists die every year.

    I make it a point that any trip I take over 500 miles will be in the air, and yes, I will be flying this summer. Even though the FAA hasn't been as stringent as they need to be on airplane maintenance, it's still safer than driving next to the car with the balding tires.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  98. R0

    southeastern Michigan

    April 10, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  99. Liz

    I have a business trip this summer to Minneapolis and if I thought I could get away with driving from NH to MN, I would. I've got a comfy car and a good map, but I'm also on a tight time schedule, thanks to a child care issue, so unless the magic daycare fairy shows up on my door, I'm gonna be at the airport, praying that my flight isn't cancelled because of bad parts or not enough flying hours left in the month (like last summer).

    April 10, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  100. Le'vin on a jet plane!

    I smell FEAR!
    Ya'll would believe anything, bunch a no backbone yello belly cowards. Thats right stay at home with your mountain dew and dancin with the idol makeover. If they told you that terrorist were in your toilet you'd probably hold it till you'd explode.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  101. Kyle, Rochester NY

    I fly from NY to Los Angeles and back every week (for 2 years now) First off for those that are worried, I'm still alive.... My biggest issue is the stupid FAA rules. Why does my seat have to be up when I take off? Does this prevent terrorism? Why can't I listen to my ipod and fall asleep? Somehow I think my music does not interfere with anybody's safety. Can somebody please fire the people that make our lives more difficult without resonable justification. It's our tax dollars, why can't we vote to fire them?

    April 10, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  102. Ronald Holst

    Jack em I less likley to Fly . Jack I can not afford the parking at the Air port So How and why would I want to try to fly any where . I mean I have not had a job in well over a year and what little I have is going to have to last me unlike the goverment I have to live on a budget.
    To bad it dose not.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  103. Christopher

    We live in a global world. The Airlines Industry is having to adapt to increased demand for international and domestic travel as the need for more global connectivity increases. Huge problems have popped up in the last few weeks for them, and it will only get worse if they don't get their act together before summer time. Globalization won't wait for the airlines to do their inspections on time. And neither will we.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  104. David S.

    Some of these comments are pure stupidity. I dont mind going through security measures. People forget that terrorists dont bomb busses or people's cars here, they go after planes. We vacation in the Caribbean every year and there are no short cuts to make sure my family is safe, sorry about your convienence

    I dont mind going through inconvienence to make sure my plane is sound mechanically and some nuthead isnt going to bomb it. Its the world we live in, wake up.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  105. Tex'un

    Only for work. I'll drive my non-guzzler for vacations. Air travel has become too unreliable and too stressful for me. Cabin service has become grudging to non-existent on some American carriers. Foreign-flag carriers generally provide better service all around. Too bad, I'd rather spend my dollars with our airlines.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  106. Philip Murphy

    Jack – We will be flying ( in country ). Who can afford to fly outside of the US. We are on a driving trip right now across the United States. What a great country – when you see the "amber waves of grain", keep in mind that they are being exported out for profit, and subsidized to do so.

    And we love the roads in most states except our own. California now has the worst roads (Bush didn't visit here much). Texas now has the best roads – I wonder why? Louisiana where we are now has good roads – they ( the government ) promised to rebuild their homes here in the Gulf States – I guess the roads were easier to rebuild?

    April 10, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  107. Ray Smith

    My Alaska vacation is scheduled in late May using AA frequently flyer tickets. 12 nights of hotel accomodations and several tours are prepaid with only medical insurance for cancellations. If the flight were to be canceled, I would literally be sick.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  108. Deborah

    Of course I'll fly! It's still safer than driving.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  109. Karen McCauley

    Why weren't the airlines taking responsibility in the first place to ensure air travel safety??? Regular scheduled maintenance checks should have been tracked all along! And if they hadn't been done, fines should have already been imposed. What took them so long????

    April 10, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  110. Jessica, Norwalk, CT

    I don't see what kind of choice I have. With the dwindling economy, I save my money so that I can "get away from it all" and go on vacation or take a long weekend to see friends. As inconvenient as it is these days to get a plane ticket for a decent price and actually get to my destination in decent time, it's still my only real option. Train travel is simply not going to happen. Drivng is expensive enough with sky-high gas prices to travel across a small state like Connecticut, but to drive as far as Detroit (where I'm planning my next trip) is not monetarily feasible in the least. As far as safety goes, I agree with Mr. Kepics's comment: if the airline employees believe it's safe enough to fly, then it's good enough for me. It's still much safer than driving on I-95 any day.

    Worst case scenario (other than a plane crash, which is still extremely unlikely): my flight gets delayed or canceled. Luckily I have a good chunk of vacation days I can afford to use in an emergency. And then I also get some kind of voucher from the airline plus some kind of reimbursement for the flight. Sounds like a deal to me. But who knows... the hassle may make me regret those words.

    Who's up for a cruise??

    April 10, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  111. Debbie, Huntersville NC

    This past Christmas it took me 24 hours to travel via the airplane from Charlotte, NC to Oshkosh, WI due to "supposed" weather delays and to top it all off, my luggage was lost too! My journey could have been compared to "Planes, Trains & Automobiles".

    I'm planning another visit to Wisconsin this summer and the last thing I'll be doing is traveling via the airplane. Ticket prices have more than doubled and chances are pretty good that I'd get to experience part 2 of "Planes, Trains & Automobiles". No thank you, I won't be flying! I'll drive my own car so that I will be in control of my arrival and departure times and I'm pretty sure I won't lose my luggage either.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  112. Lorin, Brooklyn, NY

    I wish it was so easy. My friends are getting married in the Dominican Republic. The prices are ridiculous and than the service stinks. But what options do I have?

    Last November I traveled abroad via United. They cancelled my flight from Dullas to Newark. They said they owed us nothing since it was weather related. There were no flights until morning, they wouldn't put us up in hotels, or pay for a train. I called to complain and was told I'd get a $75 travel voucher. Never saw it.

    I should say, I find American based airlines are the big offenders. Sad but true.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  113. Mark M

    In one word: No!!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  114. Tex'un

    Good luck Jennifer! On my flight from London to DFW last December, the American Airlines cabin crew was at war with the passengers! In fifty years of flying, I'd never seen anything like the unprompted rudeness and insults from attendants. I was spared, but an Asian couple behind me were ridiculed repeatedly because their elocution didn't suit the crew!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  115. ST in MO

    YES, I Will. In fact I have tickets for the whole family for next month. I have more concerns with the road conditions, drunk drivers, road rage and truck drivers who are too tired. I still believe my odds are better in the air than on a long road trip.
    However, I do wish the FAA had done a better job of monitoring and regulating the airlines so it was not such a huge impact.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  116. Rebecca in California

    Until the United States can deploy high-speed trains from coast to coast, I'll fly to visit my family – and they'll fly to visit me.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  117. David

    I frequently fly, Southwest, from Kansas City to Los Angeles. Inspections or not, the flight is much safer than navigating a southern California freeway.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  118. Ms. Hamilton

    I stopped flying more than 10 years ago when it quit being fun, moved into major hassle and then bottomed out somewhere close to the third ring of Dante's hell.

    There is no power on earth that can get me onto a airplane now. Crap service, crap attitude, the very real potential of being held hostage BY the airline for hours on a hot tarmac , screaming babies , nah, notsomuch.

    Every single story about the horrid conditions confirms my decision that the airlines really don't want my business enough to get any of my precious money or time.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  119. MW - Dallas, TX

    Of course I'll fly. People who say they won't "ever again" are just kidding themselves. People need to quit acting so victimized by this. Experienced travelers learn to just roll with the punches. My flight for tomorrow was cancelled, American refunded my money and I booked on another airline. End of story. People also need to remember that it is NOT the gate agent's fault or the ticket counter employee's fault. Check your attitude along with your luggage and be nice. It helps.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  120. Alex

    I cut air travel long ago. Too much disgust for the TSA

    also, $1200 for a transatlantic roundtrip in the summer is fairly expensive. thanks to our governemt for the dollar falling under enormous spending

    April 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  121. Dave

    Reality is air travel is not going to be replaced with anything better in our lifetimes. Deal with it.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  122. Stacy

    Our travel plans in May have been scrapped. Who wants the kind of headache the airlines are dishing out right now? We'll stay home and make the best of it.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  123. Kirk

    I only flew for family emergencies, thanks to the stupidity of TSA & Fatherland Security. Now I won't fly at all.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  124. james hoffman, Prescott, MI

    Regardless of the normal media hype on a slow news day, commercial flying is safer than walking across your street or driving your car to the grocery store.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  125. Chris

    I Fly Constantly And Depend on the different American Airlines SInce most of my Business is done in the States i cant Use the Canadian Jets to Certain Locations. If it affects my travelling i can Certainly say they will Lose my Companies Business if they are unable to provide my flights.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  126. Lance of Lexington

    Fly are you crazy Jack?Have you seen all the regulations and passengers lack of rights?I'll stay home and be abused by my wife,kids and dogs.At least I don't have to pay for the abuse.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  127. Ivan Goldberg

    I have no choice but to fly, however, if I am on a plane and it's going down ... I hope that someone from Capitol Hill is flying first class along with me!!!

    P.S. party nor state matters as far as I am concerned.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  128. Brian M

    I don't think so Jack. I have flown with so many airlines in my life, I know which ones to avoid. Although gas prices are getting even higher and traveling by air is getting much more hectic, sometimes flying is just unavoidable.

    Penfield, New York

    April 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  129. Jim Ruestmann, Plano Tx

    Jack, Based on the responses I read below I am glad to see the amatures are staying home this summer, my wife and I will have a great time in Miami, Chicago and Nappa. I fly every other week from Dallas to Minneapolis, my next two trips are $107.00 round trip the car service to the airport is $60.00. Yes the system is strained and disruptions like the saftey checks throw it into chaos but by and large it is a safe, reliable, and competatively priced mode of transport, let's try to keep it that way. Hopefully all the amatures will stay home, complain about falling real estate prices and enjoy there backyard outdoor kitchen that they sacrificed 30K in home equity to build. Leave the sky's to the pro's.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  130. Amy

    Some of you must be full of crap, because it can't be that no one is going to be flying anywhere this summer. Get real. I will probably fly somewhere this summer...not sure when I have ever gone over 4 months without needing to fly somewhere. Unless a 17 hour roadtrip sounds appealing, which apparently it does for most of the people who post on here...

    April 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  131. Rob, Arvada, CO

    No, I won't be flying anywhere this summer. I lost my job a couple of months ago, and don't have the money to pay for a $450 round-tripper. The economy is bad, real bad, and most of us just don't have the money for flying this year.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  132. Peter from florida

    the more they look at the planes the better I fell about flying

    April 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  133. Kylee

    Living in Hawaii I HAVE to fly to see my family. What is really crazy is the airlines charge people in Hawaii more to fly to the mainland than tourists to fly to Hawaii.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  134. Mike

    I stopped flying, much to the chagrin of my family on the east coast and Florida, when the government decided it could search me and my property without cause. The rest of you "free" americans ought to take a close look at the police state you live in; when we stop allowing our freedoms to be taken, perhaps – just perhaps – they will no longer be taken. But when we look the other way all of the time, pretty soon there won't be any freedoms left. Not that there really are any freedoms left...

    April 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  135. Brad McRae

    As a Canadian, ive stopped flying entirely as i find the safety of both Canadian and American airlines suspect and security outdated and window dressing at best. Last flight to vegas in 2002 was my last flight, i gave up as it took 4 hours to get on a plane and then 3 hours in delays. Mind you with the ridiculous gas prices i wont be travelling anywhere this year except to the bank to get a loan to buy a tank of gas.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  136. Anne

    I love your Cafferty file reporting because are always on point. I live in San Diego, Cailfornia. We have a Newpaper here called Voice & Viepoint and today I was reading about Hillary"s pastor. She said that ,she would have left the church if her pastor said such things, but her same pastor, Rev. Dean Snyder, a white senior pastor of the Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington. Rev. Snyder said that Rev. Wright is an outstanding church leader, whom he had heard speak a number of times. My point is when she ( Hillary's) lived in Ark. her pastor there said things like REv. Wright or worst.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  137. Peter T

    Get real. Of course we will all fly. Read the stats, that even despite the lack of safety inspections, its still the safest form of transportation around. Airline accidents make good headlines and sell advertising dollars. Is it just me or are the comments listed in the blog really that primative? Get out of the dark ages...

    April 10, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  138. Brian St Julien, Seattle WA

    With the way things are headed and ticket prices soaring, there is no way that I will travel by air this summer. My do a road trip if I rented a Prius, but that is about it. There is lots of things to do in Seattle in the summer anyway.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  139. Mike Hunt

    Flying???? By the way it sounds with all the canceled flights no one will be. I'd like to since I haven't had a vacation in three years but it isn't looking too promising. I should have been a politician, they seem to spend more time vacationing than working. Then again, considering the way they're screwing the middle class maybe they should take more time off.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  140. Dave

    My favorite vacation destination is Hawaii and that is too far to paddle. That said, the airlines have a lot of work to do to restore faith in their system.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  141. Jean Prestbroten, Orfordville, WI

    We have a flight booked and paid for from Chicago to Washington D.C. the first week of May. It's only a four day "mini-vacation" to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. What happens if any time is lost waiting to rebook? I hope not. No more plane trips this year! We'll take the camper! My husband is a German-born "war baby." He and his parents came over on a "prop" jet 60 years ago. It was probably better maintained.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  142. Robt, Overland Park, KS

    Fly this summer? Sure I will. This mess will have most likely settled down by then and perhaps the prices, too. It's too convenient for trips more than 4+ hours. By the way, I have been cutting down on my driving. Haven't you?

    April 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  143. Virginia Kincaid, Omaha, Nebraska

    With grandchildren all over the planet and minimal vacation time, I have no choice but to fly to the important events. This summer holds includes a baptism in Houston, Texas, and a reunion in Portland, Oregon. I must say, though, I have always been treated extremely well by Southwest and have zero complaints about their service or attitudes.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  144. Joey Borges

    I don't trust the airlines and the FAA. Lets face it. Its all about money. With rising fuel cost it was just a matter of time before all these botched safety inspections were uncovered. Airlines care about one thing and one thing only. MONEY. Passanger safety was never their priority and it will never be their priority. Wouldn't it be just great if every airplane in every airline was as well inspected and well built and safe like AIR FORCE ONE. LOL. fat chance of that happening.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  145. Katheirne

    No, as a matter of fact our summer vacation was completely canceled due the economy. We cannot afford to fly and I think that is the case with most people I know. Flying used to be fun. Now its just a damn shame the state air travel has come to.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  146. Steve Gregory

    This summer, I think I'll be driving for my summer trip home to see my family in North Carolina. I live in Tulsa, and it's about a 14-hour drive each way if I push it. Over the past few years the price of airline tickets have steadily risen, while customer service has become non-existent. It's gotten to the point that I've decided that I'll spend the extra two days of vacation and drive home.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  147. Brian in Laguna Beach

    As if the security, delays, cancelled flights were not enough, the snotty and often times down right rudeness of airline personnel make it a no for me. Of course if management cut my pay in half as most of the airlines have done to their employees, I would probably be sporting a snotty rude "tude" as well....

    April 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  148. Taira from Phoenix

    My biggest concern will be the trip where I need to fly, but won't be able to afford anymore. Am I looking at a summer without family reunions or vacations more than a 1/2 day's drive away?

    April 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  149. Chris

    You bet I will be traveling this summer. With the rising costs of fuel, if you want to travel (esp overseas), you better do it soon, or you will never see another country again.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  150. Bradley

    I've never been paid enough to take a vacation much less pay even more to fly somewhere. I would love to be the one to get up and do something that would make this country better. There is a problem though even as I type only those with a name, money, or power have n any say in this country. Everyone else is to distracted by greed, what they are going to do this weekend,or what new oppiate they can afford (on credit) to give a damn!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  151. Ray from Chicago

    I have to travel a lot for business puposes, and travel on vacation if that's the best time/distance/cost option. I now try to limit travel as much as I can - not because of this most recent AA situation and not because of the long security lines. It's because prices are climbing while service continues to decline. Increasingly I feel like I'm being treated as a commodity. That applies to US airlines by the way. I often travel to Asia via BA and Luftansa and come away from those trips feeling like I'm appreciated as a customer, and that my return business is wanted.

    This is not an indictment of most airline employees either - they are overworked and do not appear to be valued by their employer either. It's a management and corporate leadership failure.

    Final comment - as a business traveler for over 35 years, I can't help but observe that the quality of airline service began to decline in earnest with the advent of all of the discount airlines - the Southwest copycats. As the mainstream airlines felt that they had to compete with these new entrants, (they really didn't) the quality of care and service started down a slippery slope from which it's not yet recovered.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  152. Mike Hunt

    Flying???? By the way it sounds with all the canceled flights no one will be. I'd like to since I haven't had a vacation in three years but it isn't looking too promising. I should have been a politician, they seem to spend more time vacationing than working. Then again, considering the way they're screwing the middle class, animals, and the environment maybe they should take more time off.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  153. Phil P. in NJ

    Jack, we were tricked into believeing there were weapons of mass destruction. The Bush Administration went after Iraq's oil. The plan backfired. As a result, $4.00/gallon with no real time table for withdraw. The next President, if Democrat, will have to make the best of a bad situation in withdrawing the troops. We should have left Iraq right after we liberated their country and allowed the secterian violence to sort itself out making this Syria and Saudi Arabia problem, not ours.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  154. Sonja from San Francisco

    I absolutely must fly. Living in San Francisco means no car for me, and going home to see my Midwestern family and attend two weddings in May and June is not a question. I hope it all gets straightened out before then. Either that, or I find myself a tiny, cheap yet reliable old car!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  155. Charlie, Raleigh

    With the airlines it seems I have two options:

    1. Fly in an unsafe jet on time.
    2. Sit stranded at the airport a couple of days.

    Maybe next year, this year I’m driving

    April 10, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  156. readhead

    i just booked a july-august flight on American thinking (now I feel stupid for this) that it held the most stability of all the major carriers. I even rejected 'trip insurance'. how foolish have I been!?

    April 10, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  157. William Hamilton

    After having travelled by TGV train in France, it's hard to understand why people take trips of less than a thousand miles by airplane. We were traveling 194 miles per hour. It was simple, on time and there were not delays. I don't believe you could beat a high speed train city center to city center with a distance of under 1000 miles. I understand the US is far behind in train transportation, but surely someone understands our over reliance on air transportation will make us less competitive.

    We'll probably fly this summer, but a TGV across the continent would only take about 20 to 25 hours and you could see the landscape.

    It will take 20 years or more to build a high speed rail system in the US. We need to get started.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  158. Roman, Jacksonville, FL

    So much emotion, so few facts.

    Unsafe? Flying is the safest mode of travel in the U.S. and gets safer every year.

    Rampant cancellations? I fly on business2-4 times per month (including an American MD-80 flight just this morning) and in ten years have been stuck overnight once. Once.

    Inconvenient? I never get to the airport more than 90 minutes in advance and I only very rarely need more than 20-30 minutes to get through security.

    A four-hour delay? That sure beats a 19-hour drive up I-95, Of course, 19 hours assumes no wrecks (mine or someone else's) along the way.

    Will I fly this summer? You bet I will.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  159. Roxi in Milw., WI

    Jack – if only all airlines were like Midwest. Flew them twice in past 8 months. On time, no hassles with luggage and an all around good experience (freshly baked chocolate chip cookes too). Generally don't like flying but they make it tolerable.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  160. Bill Sloan

    I'll fly in August. I won't like it, but it's still the fastest way to get from coast to coast. Air lines have made no customer related improvements in the last 50 years.

    Bill Slaon, Sunnyvale, CA

    April 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  161. Joseph, Collegeville, PA

    I am so tired of everyone sitting around on their asses waiting for the "government" to bail them out. You can sit there and complain about the rising fuel costs, but that won't help. You can sit there and complain about Exxon making $40b a year, that won't help either. You cna sit there and complain about the housing situation, but again, that won't help. You can point the finger at our President, the "wealthy", Wall St, or whoever else you want to balme, but perhaps you should be blaming yourself. Alter your spending and saving habits, cut back on things that aren't necessities, don't have 6 kids if you didn't go to college and can't afford even 1, don't complain that you have a job where you don't get paid enough because you majored in some useless subject or dropped out of high school, and don't buy a house you can't afford with a sub-prime mortgage or with an adjustable rate. Take responsibility for all the bad decisions YOU made in YOUR OWN life and quit waiting for someone else to bail you out. Is it really that difficult?

    April 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  162. ralph tyler

    Flying used to be pleasant, but now it is disgusting. I am not worried about safety at all: enhanced airport security and wiring harnesses a little out of tolerance are political issues. What is disgusting about flying is the level of service, and I used that term very lightly. If I am not in a big hurry I will take Amtrak. The government hasn't managed to ruin that yet.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  163. ADAM. New York

    Mr Cafferty

    Why does everything in this country have to cause a panic. Are we that paranoid that almost everything has to stop due to a faulty wire? Too much overregulation is bad as no regulation at all.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  164. Robert Jones

    I retired, finally, mid 2006. Up to then I had been flying to all over Asia, and to Europe with my job. Over the final 12 years, the travel became harder, less comfortable, and a tremendous amount of hassle, and that was even with frequent flier miles. Since I retired, I have flown once, domestically, and am very glad that I don't have to fly anywhere, anymore.

    I sit back and watch the problems with flying these days, and I'm so glad that flying is no longer in my life. I saw this coming a decade ago and all the problems have seemed to escalated, and can only get worse.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  165. John Stinnett Ogden, Utah

    Hmmm....Pay $4 bucks a gallon for gas to haul my family across the country to visit grandma or pay $1500 bucks for four airline tickets that may not even be good when I get to the airport...How are Amtraks' fares looking these days?

    April 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  166. Steve Erlsten

    America's oil production peaked in 1971, and has been in steady decline for nearly 4 decades. Unless we want to continue importing more oil from volitile regions of the world, we must decrease consumption. I will do my part by avoiding air travel whenever I can. I will not be flying this summer.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  167. Lisa

    I will avoid it like the plague. The airlines are a mess and their attitude towards the public is outrageous. Even w/gas being what it is, I'd rather drive than risk a)being treated like a criminal, b)having my flight cancelled, c)kicked off the plane cuz they don't like the way I'm dressed or d)stranded on the runway for hours with no food & water.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  168. Charles Gridley

    Take the train!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  169. Howard

    Mr.Cafferty you are clearly the most biased newscaster in the media.Your preference fof Barrack Obama is so evident you sound like a paid campaign worker.I could repeat the many charges that you have made including stating that she lied on Bosnia and was pandering on her suggestion that a Cabinet position be created.Do you think a person of her intelligence would intentionally not tell the truth when she knows it can be verified?Many African American leaders who support Obama applauded her Cabinet proposal.I obviously am a Clinton supporter but I am not a journalist.You have lost the most important ingredient of your profession which is objectivity.I have been a longtime viewer of CNN but I am very dissapointed in you and your colleagues.You are entitled to your opinion but your status as a newscaster prevents you are from expressing your personal opinion as fact.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  170. Don

    Sure...I'm flying for a trip to California and another to Germany in October.

    Is it as much fun as in years past...of course not. If planned properly, it's doable.

    Spartanburg, SC

    April 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  171. amie

    too funny!
    Seriously statistically speaking –
    FLYING IS MUCH SAFER THAN DRIVING!!
    The chances that your pilot is drunk vs. how many other drivers could be drunk/eating/talking on the phone – or worse texting?

    April 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  172. Stacey

    We can't afford to fly for this year's vacation. Who wants to anyway? An airline ticket has become a very one sided contract, with little or no service attached to it. The airlines can lose your luggage, cancel your less than full flight, bump you, and hold you hostage on the tarmac, all with no recourse. And that's after TSA has abused you though the security line! (No joke, they use a loud speaker in Phoenix to threaten passengers who don't follow instructions. "Get it right or go back to the end of the line and start all over.") Flying is beyond frustrating, and I feel sorry for those who have to do it for a living. Instead of flying this year, we're going to load up the Prius and drive the kids cross country to see the grandparents on the East Coast, taking the opportunity to stop over with friends that we have not seen for years.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  173. Elliott

    I think many passengers resent the airline industry because they know so little about it. Passengers complain about TSA, but they would be outraged with the government agency responsible for air travel safety should another terrorist attack take place. Complaints about maintenance delays are regularly heard, but would we all be better off with shoddy airplanes flying around on time instead? When weather delays take place, what can anyone in the airline industry do to change the forecast? The bottom line is the average American books their ticket from Des Moines to Fort Lauderdale on an online booking site for $300 round trip on multi million dollar aircraft that burns tens of thousands of dollars worth of jet fuel to get him/her to Florida and back. You get what you pay for.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  174. Teneshia

    Sure I would, it hasn't hurt me yet and it seems as if I have been flying on a prayer and a wing, oh and faulty wirering, this long! So why should I try and drive clean across the world pulling my hair out! And my husband would much rather die in a plane than by me ringing his neck because he won't change the radio station or ask for directions!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  175. Gigi in Alabama

    I plan to visit my son in Upper Michigan this summer, but I definitely will not be flying. I do not like to fly in the best of times, but now I do not want to have anything to do with airplanes.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  176. Stan the man, NJ

    Jack:
    Re: Iraq "abomination ...quick sand!" I'd rather deal with quick sand, by draining the perverbial 'swamp', than deal with another 9/11 impact crater here. I'll leave my extrapolation to you. If you can't understand it; you need a check-up from the neck up friend!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  177. pa.mntgirl

    Faulty wires?
    FAA and regulations?
    Safety issue?
    They don't matter! I have no money to fly, b/c it costs me the price of airfare to drive to work now.
    My house is worth nothing.
    I can't afford to drink milk anyore, let alone buy bread, with the price of wheat and corn.

    With my own worries...I'm about as worried for air travel as I am interested in what the President has to say about anything, the mess he and his cronies have gotten us in!!
    So....no jack ....I won't be flying anytime soon, just driving to work, while I still have a JOB!!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  178. blake

    Well, I'm not swimming to Hawaii this summer. This news doesn't change anything for me. It's a highly regulated industry so that we stay safe. Those of you worried about flying safely should just strap on a helmet, stay indoors, and shop for everything online...it's a jungle out there.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  179. Paul R

    Jack,
    I understand and appreciate those folks who have decided not to fly this summer. With less folks travelling, maybe the decimated airline and TSA staffs can finally keep up with the rest of us who will be flying and not have to wait three hours to get to the gate to see a flight cancelled since the demand will be down. Who knows, they may even be able to get me and my luggage to the same airport at the same time.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  180. Julie in Minnesota

    My sister lives 3,000 miles away. I haven't seen her for nearly three years. Our vacation days are limited, spending four days of it driving (two out and two back) doesn't make much sense. Our tickets are purchased for this trip, though with the prediction in the price of gas over this summer, we are unlikely to be flying, let alone driving anywhere else tin the near future.

    That being said, I am glad that they are taking the measures for the planes to be safe now, rather than later.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  181. Glenn

    Washington State

    I base my decisions on flying mostly on distance and cost. My guess is that the costs are going to continue rising and the number of people flying will begin to drop – pinching the airlines as well as the rest of us.. Safety is the number one job for the FAA. They need to get things back in order. Airlines that cut corners with aircraft safety need to be punished (fined).

    April 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  182. bogdan

    atlanta, ga

    not everyone flies merely in america, there is a multitude of people who need to go out of the country for a plethora of reasons so the fact that all everyone is talking about flying intra-nation shows the short sightedness of the entire country and subsequently all of its "highly capable agencies"

    April 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  183. Laura, Denver CO

    Already have tickets purchased to fly in 2 weeks. But that'll be all I'll be flying this year most likely, unless there is some sort of emergency. Gas prices for driving anywhere make it insane to even consider a road trip, even with a fuel efficient car.

    Even with all the news reports on things going on in the airline industry, I still believe it's the best way to travel. Have not had any trouble even since 9/11 so what limits my flying multiple times during the year is the lack of vacation time. Tho tickets are getting pricier every time. We managed to book a good deal on Frontier, and I am glad we booked as early as we did.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  184. Patrick Nashville TN

    I will be flying because I am one of your drivers in the sky.

    People have to understand that taking airplanes out of service is done to prevent accidents, and that unfortunately causes cancellations when there are several or more airplanes grounded. We are dealing with mass trans here, and when equipment is taken out of service, schedules are impacted. In the end, it is a good thing.

    I feel sorry that it happens to the flying public today and yesterday, however how would this have played out duriong, say Easter ?

    When it comes to safety, 99% of pilots and airlines make it their priority #1. they know that they have to make the right decision at all times. We feel the pressure too from the passengers, and I wish they would understand that the whole airport experience is a stressful part of flying. Dealing with TSA (which is inconsistent to say the least) and weather/maintenance related delays/cancellations are no fun.

    We understand, we know.. we do this day in day out..

    April 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  185. BARB

    I am from Valparaiso Indiana.
    After all those airlines went belly up, I fear booking my trip to Europe.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  186. Mike , CA

    Yes I'm less likely; it’s gotten to the point that you cannot trust you’ll get to your destination on any flight that is not a non-stop flight. Making connections are almost impossible. Also, checking in your luggage should be classified as a form of legalized gambling.

    Over the years I’ve flown over five million miles and have life time frequent mileage card status on three airlines. It’s going to take a lot to get me to fly in the near future.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  187. Sheri

    Yes, I'll still fly, but only because my routine destination isn't one to which I can take a car, a train, or even a ferry. Only a plane will get me there. I might be able to book a cot on a cargo/container ship, but it would take 2-3 weeks to reach my destination. Heck, the airlines might actually be able to do better than that. On second thought, maybe I should start looking into a "cruise" on a container ship ... The food and comfort would probably be better than the airlines, too!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  188. Andy

    Considering the all the safety checks the various airlines are doing, and the renewed oversight by the FAA, I would expect aircraft themselves to be safer this summer than last. And if people start cutting back on airline travel, maybe there will be less congestion & more safety.

    BTW, its hard driving a car to Europe or South America!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  189. Mark in Rochester, NY

    The airline industry is as close to a monopoly as one can get without officially being one. It can charge as much as it wants, and there is nothing travelers can do about it. It can cancel flights 20 minutes before takeoff, at 10pm at night, without regard to the schedule of others. Maybe we should go back to regulation.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  190. Chris J Dallas, TX

    As a true road warrior flying a little over 100 flights a year I can tell you that cancellations happen when you fly. Airlines do there best to make sure that you get where you need to be as fast and safely as possible. It is sort of like getting your car inspected every year. We do it because nobody wants to have you stall out in the middle of the road and slow them down or for your car to fall apart and wreck into us.

    Everyone just needs to calm down when they go to the airport! Trust me your travel experience will be that much better. If your flight gets cancelled be nice and relax because they are not going to leave you stranded. If it gets delayed, you'll get there just relax. You won't get anywhere flipping out; well maybe jail.

    To answer the question of course I will fly! It is my job and I am also going to fly for vacations this summer!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  191. Steven from Philadelphia, PA

    Traveling by air used to be a glamourous, enjoyable experience. Now it's an ordeal, from the long lines going through security, to delayed or cancelled flights half ot the time. Whenever we can, we're taking Amtrak and making the journey enjoyable.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  192. Dan

    I was about to book a flight for my family vacation this summer when all this start to happen. With all the other headaches we have just to get through security seeing the higher potential to have my flight not only delayed but completely canceled for a reason other than weather convinced me driving is the way to go this year.

    How can the airlines expect customers to continue to deal with higher costs for a lower quality product/service?

    April 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  193. Paul

    No thanks, I'll take Amtrak from now on...

    April 10, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  194. Chris

    Of course I will fly this summer. Many airlines fly all new planes and have good customer service. The planes are packed, so I think more are flying than not! San Juan here I come!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  195. Lupe

    Work related for April, no choice. June unsure.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  196. Teddy

    Jack

    I try to avoid flying.

    Its not so much not knowing if the plan I am on is properly maintained, but rather the unnecessary inspections by the TSA. I remember sci-fi films of the Eighties- with government agents at airports, who would have thought that we would give up our liberties this easily?

    April 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  197. Kay

    I just had a scary afterthought. Maybe they are cancelling the ones that were the cheapest. They won't make as much off of those as the current more expensive fares!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  198. Steve Honolulu, HI

    Of course we'll fly...we live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. What else can you do when you have to leave "the neighborhood"!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  199. Bill

    Challenging times indeed but let's be real. Flying albeit frustrating at times, is still the only real good option for most of us to safely get from point A to B on long distance travels. Having patience, understanding and a little flexibility can make traveling a lot less stressful. Give it a try!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  200. Kelvin Minniefield

    No flights for the wife and I this year. Considering the economy and what seem to be a choatic up and down industry (Airline) we will take our chance driving to a nearby vacation spot.

    We are still doing our part in feeding into the economy by continuing to purchase items such as a treadmill for the home gym, furniture for the patio and inside the home.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  201. Mark in Seattle

    Jack, We haven't had a major US airline crash since Sept. 11 and no accident since long before that. Ok, maybe airlines need to play catch-up on safety. But, this isn't because of an accident, its because they are behind on check-ups. I fly many times a year and have never had any problems. Plus, it's much much cheaper than driving, do the math. People get upset at an hour or even a day delay... think of how long it takes to fly to that place!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  202. Lyn Stabler

    I am less like to fly due to the cost of tickets. However, I have decided to fly to Italy regardless of price due to it being my mother's birthday present. The cost of tickets to Europe is twice what it was two years ago. Ticket prices combined with the falling value of the US dollar when you arrive, that makes Europeon vacations very unattractive.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  203. Chris-Seattle

    I spent 5 years working for UAL another 10 years as a travel agent and I got the travel bug out of me at an early age! I was also privy to the industry from the inside out and I saw 9/11 coming a mile away and the icing on the cake is the corporate greed and complacency as well as individual greed and complacency that fueled it! I use to use planes like taxi cabs and now I'd have to be in a body bag to be on one!

    Happy flying America!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  204. Mary Lou Atlanta

    How can they keep us down on the farm after we've seen Paris? We are flying to France and the fastest way is by plane. If you love to travel abroad your choices are a slow boat to China or fly.....fly me to the Louve!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  205. Mike Domitrz, The Date Safe Project

    I fly around 135 legs a year and no "airline issues" will stop us from spreading the important of teaching teenagers respect in dating and intimacy.

    When you fly, you know you are not in control. What you can't control, you don't worry about. The key is to have a good backup plan and a GREAT travel agent. With all these airline concerns, more people will be smart to find a fantastic travel agent who will help them when needed. Pay a few dollars more to know you have an expert at solving problems when they arise.

    My agent has saved me time and time again. Last week, a flight was canceled and everyone was freaking out. My agent had me rebooked immediately and ended up helping 5 other people near me in the airport. They were amazed. In the online world, people seem to have forgotten the value of a GREAT travel agent.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  206. Ajay Gupta

    Jack:

    Nothing works anymore in US. This country has become a 3rd world country. Our President Mr. Bush, thinks, we are still great power who has brought poverty over the last 7 years to the corporate America and people of America. May be you can explain to him the meaning of both (Power and poverty) words! You are the best with the words.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  207. Dave from Vero Beach, FL

    Hi Jack, Amtrak is sounding better every day. We are planning a train trip to Washington DC this fall.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  208. Adam

    Flying is the safest and fastest mode of transportation, despite airport delays and cancelled flight.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  209. bill from Louisiana

    I work for the federal government. I also fly around the world addressing safety issues. I consider myself very safety and security conscious and have been bitten more than once after reporting serious safety problems. Most engineers and inspectors are more worried about covering their butt and keeping their jobs then making waves. I am a nervous wreck on planes until the plane touches down, mainly because I know who are inspecting the planes (YES MEN). I agree the government workers are to close to the contractors they are monitoring, sort of like the Politicians and lobbiests if you know what I mean.

    Problem is you blow the whistle and you are black balled for life by the management who is working for the politicians (rich people), who only care about lining their pockets.

    Bill
    LA

    April 10, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  210. Jeff Fallbrook, CA

    Where did you people learn how to spell? The grammar is horrible too. Take a flight back to grade school...

    April 10, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  211. Christopher Lee

    I'm a college student from Honolulu, Hawaii, going to school in Chicago. With Aloha Airlines and ATA shut down, my airplane ticket price will go up with the limited amount of flights going back to the islands. I'm frustrated now that hearing that a whole series of planes are being grounded, but in my opinion, this situation is better than having a crash happen due to the FAA oversight. As for me flying, it's my only option to go home the only time of the year I get to see my family and friends.

    Chris, Chicago, IL

    April 10, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  212. Damon

    Jack,

    I fly about 50K miles a year and I must say this whole series of stories concerns me. I will, however, still fly since it's part of my job to travel.

    I have to say though. I'm mad at all parties involved. The airlines for being so greedy that they let safety slip. I'd much rather arrive safe than have a pillow or blanket or even a beverage. I can bring my own.

    I'm also mad at the FAA for letting it get this bad. These are regulations that have been in place for YEARS. Nothing new folks.

    Just another example of corporate greed and government stupidity adding up for a potentially killer combination. I just thank god no one got killed for us to get this wakeup call.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  213. Gary, CA

    Jack,

    When the dust settles and planes fly again, I'll fly. This year will be less than normal due to prices and options of who's left to fly with.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  214. Rhea

    We were going to fly on Skybus in June, but now we'll be driving!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  215. Bert Dinkins

    I have no choice but to fly. I am in El Paso but family is in Memphis. My son will graduate from Ole Miss in May. We have our tickets and I hope our airline can get us there.

    I think it's a total knee jerk reaction for the FAA and airlines to just up and cancel flights. It was a month ago when South West problems hit. They could have started planning then.

    No wonder most major airlines are losing money. This is no way to run a business.

    So now the FAA got slapped and they are having a "I'll show you attitude". Should I expect more from our government? I should, but I don't.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  216. Ralph

    My wife and i usually take two vacations a year and we notice that flying was getting more difficult year after year, this year we don't plan on flying anywhere, we are going to drive to avoid the hassles until the airlines get there head out of the a__.

    Fargo, ND

    April 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  217. Daniel S.

    Soon it will cost more to fly than to just ride the train or drive...

    April 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  218. Matt

    As a Canadian I've always been fascinated with how old the American air carriers' planes are (I've flown on many of them).

    In this country, the average fleet age is under 9 years for Air Canada and they're buying something like 60 Dream Liners next year. AA's average fleet age is over 15 years.

    This is an example of an industry that has not reinvested in its equipment, and now they're paying the price. How can American Airlines replace that many MD-80's in the next five to ten years? They're sort of stuck with them.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  219. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Jack,

    Fly? Heck I can not afford to drive, sure can afford to fly. I agree with Paul, maybe an AMTRAK trip is in store. That would be nice for a change; maybe.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  220. Mathew Meksayo

    I will still fly, I think People expect way to much out of a industry where it's employees make so little. Most people in the airline industry are paid very poorly unless there way up in Mgt. as for me flying less, I would much rather take a 10 hour plane trip to LA from Atlanta for a wedding then hop in a car spend money on gas, hotel and 3 days to get there. Now on the other hand if the country wasn't so broke along with it's citizens maybe I could actually afford to go on a vacation I want to rather than where need to be for a wedding. Thanks Bush, thanks FAA and thanks to all the people who waste thousands of dollars a year driving SUV's maybe we can save some of that fuel by driving smaller cars and get cheaper airfare hmm theres an idea hummer owners.
    Flying it's really not that bad maybe we can go back to the days where there were no planes then complain.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  221. Tim

    Hi, I am sad to say that my Family and I will not be flying this Summer. It is such a pain in the (you now what) to go through an air port its not even funny.. It's SAD. Now you have to pay add on charges for your luagage. You even have to pay for a drink of water on a plane.

    There is no Joy in Flying and it sucks the fun out of your Vacation.

    Oh ya,,, Thank you Politions for sucking up to the oil industry and their record profits and forgeting the people. I cant even afford to drive anywhere. It was bad enough when you gave Corperations huge taxs breaks if they fired us and out soursed our job overseas..

    thanks again...not

    April 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  222. Tina in Minnesota

    Wow, I've never seen so many negative comments in a blog in my life. Yes, I have travel plans and I plan on keeping them. I owe it to myself and my family to have "play" time away from home. I have had the opportunity my whole life to travel and explore all the beauty and diversity the world has to offer and I don't plan to stop, ever. Travelling is living and when I'm done living I'll travel one last time to my final destination, but not a minute before that. Everyone should put as much energy into living and loving as they do moaning and groaning.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  223. Jan from Atlanta, Georgia

    I have just come back from an uneventful trip to Orlando
    and survived the Atlanta and Orlando airports. I fly a lot and will
    continue to do so because I can't drive or walk to Reno, my next trip.
    I also have family in Stockholm, Sweden and will fly there since my
    wings aren't strong enough to flap over the Atlantic. I will continue to fly since that is the best way to go for me and I have also survived
    flying to the old Soviet Union on Aeroflot and you don't want to know
    how bad that was. Delta was a dream compared to some European airlines. You have to do what you have to do. I have no other choice.
    I just buck up and deal with these inconveniences.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  224. Gene

    I don't anticipate using airlines as our mode of transportation for us during summer vacation. When selecting our summer home some years ago we consciously only looked into areas that were within reasonable distance (100 miles)and driving time (2 hours) and from our home. Our final selection met his criteria exactly so we can quickly travel to our summer home and at the same time not burn up gallons and gallons of gasaoline which means we can afford the trip not only for vacation but weekends and long weekends as wellOur plan to do this was not rocket science and keeps us living within our means, staying environmently friendly, and generally having a terrific time living life. I encourage others to try this: you save money and still have fun, get recharged, and energized again. I like to think we are smart and yet frugal here in Appleton, WI. Try it you'll like it.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  225. Lia T

    I've got two trips planned for me and my little family (my husband and our 19 month old daughter). I still enjoy travelling and we plan for contigencies (extra diapers, extra snacks, new toys for baby, and charged ipods for each adult). Travel isn't always perfect, but you can't let it overwhelm you either.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  226. Dale

    In planning a summer trip from Chicago to Colorado, I have elected to avoid air travel and just drive. Despite my budgeted amount of $4/gallon gas, the driving cost less than flying. You can put several people in a car for roughly the same cost as one person – not so on an airplane. Irresepctive of the economics, I'm simply fed up with the hassels of air travel – it's just not fun anymore. The last thing I need on a vacation is to give control to a broken mode of transportation and ruin the whole experience!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  227. Jarret

    Lets be reasonable here Jack. It would be one heck of a swim for us looking to travel to the South Pacific or that of a similar distance. We should be able to TRUST government agencies to regulate and inspect these issues on a regular basis. Trust, government, HA!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  228. Lenora Colledge

    I haven't flown since 1980. I refuse to be treated like a cow, milked for all I am worth and then just left in the field to fend for myself. I go by car whenever I go on vacation.
    Lenora Colledge
    Louisiana

    April 10, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  229. keith - Twinsburg, OH

    I don't know why anyone would want to fly American, maybe we should outsource our airlines...

    April 10, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  230. Don North

    Four airlines went bankrupt last week. The liberal press is about to bankrupt the balance of the airlines. Jack - you are clearly one more among the liberal elite who won't be happy we live a commune filled with love and prosperity for all.

    Get in your car today and drive for sixteen hours. Fly the same distance in three. You will have to drive that trip for forty years before have the same chance of dying in the plane crash today.

    Would the liverals have preferred American cancel all of their flights, 90, 500? This is costing them a fortune. They are doing the right thing and have done it without an associated horrific event.

    I hope all the bleeding heart liberals stay home this summer so all of us that live in the real world can play the odds and fly. As for me - I will be flying.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  231. Lee

    Sadly, I will be flying twice this summer. Both flights will be on American, both on MD-80s. Hopefully they will have cleared up these issues by then...I have never had problems with this carrier in the past, and when I have, they have always resolved them quickly and favorably.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  232. Kathy

    Yes, I plan on flying. I have another grandchild on the way and want to be there to see him born. It's too far away to drive, taking a train takes too long.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  233. G Abbott: Dallas Tx

    I am a Travel agent, and I would tell you, things I have seen and heard over the years keep me off of Airplanes and Cruise ships. Most people never know about what really happens and is covered up every day by these two industries.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  234. Jan

    My husband and I flew two weeks after September 11th to BWI when everyone was worried about another terriorist attack and the airports were a mess because they didn't know how to handle the security issues. Besides the airlines in trouble are now probably some of the safest because of all the attention. We have had reservations for months with Southwest for a trip in mid-May. We have flown them for years, and will continue to fly with them because of price and many available flights to pick from.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  235. Craig Morrison

    I am supposed to go to Paris for my honey moon in May 2008. Is there anything that I can do to prepare for or prevent a possible cancellation on U.S. Airways?

    April 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  236. Susan Missouri

    We usually fly in the winter. But we won't if the ailines do not lower their prices.

    Give Us A Break!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  237. Mary Johnson

    My husband & I already have reservations with US Airways to fly to Phoenix in early May...Our daughter is finally graduating from college in her mid forties and. I think we very likely will end up in a nightmare.
    Things are bad enough what with all the security regulations but now this? sheesh.... how can someone get across the country and back without flying? Mary from Sarasota, FL

    April 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  238. L

    No Jack, we will not fly this summer. We were just informed that our son will transfer overseas with his job which means we will be forced to fly for visits but not until fall or winter. Right now we are planning a 28 hour car trip even with gasoline as high as it is, rather than run the risk of lost luggage or endless delays in airports.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  239. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, as a former avaition mechanic, I refused to fly, when the airlines decided, to outsource maintenance, to other countries like Mexico and others. We lost an engine on my last flight and emergency landed. I'd discussed the danger, of outsourcing maintenance, with my family, just before take off and within minutes our left engine failed. Fortunately, we'd just hit crusing altitude and were able, to limp into Salt Lake City, from San Francisco, on one engine and a loss, of half our hydrolic fluid. It's only going to get worse.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  240. Ken Chesterfied, Va

    I don't think I can afford to fly or drive, so I guess I will be staying home.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  241. Ashley, Philly, PA

    I have to fly for business, just about every week, and I can tell you I'm not looking forward to this summer. I'm not worried about safety, flying is still by far the safest way to travel. I'm more worried about the wasted days and nights I'm going to be spending in airports. Coupled with the noticeable deterioration of service and an increase in attitude, I'm getting worried already.

    So to answer your question: No, my travel plans this summer will not be influenced by the status quo. But that's only because I have no choice.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  242. Erin

    I believe the saying goes: "You can tell a lot about a person by the way three things are handled: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights." Delayed or cancelled flights do not rank among the worst of the worlds' problems. I'll be flying this summer. In fact, with any luck, this "catastrophizing" could result in the most paranoid, impatient, and anxious flyers staying home with their helmets on. A pleasant journey for the rest of us!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  243. Danny

    Of course I am going to Denver support Hillary in this summer for nomination.

    Hillary 08 President baby.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  244. Terah

    I certainly hope not! My overseas flight has been planned and booked for the past two months. I'd hate to get to airport and hear that it was canceled.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  245. Robert Las Vegas,Nv.

    My comment yesterday was still in moderation after 2 1/2 hours. Am I that radical? AS soon as I commented on that fact the site shut down.WHA~HAPEN

    April 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  246. Jon Finklestein

    No Jack, I'm not like these wusses that don't fly. I fly every chance I get. I have no problems with the security checkpoints, never have had a flight canceled on me, never have had a delayed flight. Damn right I'm flying this summer...and guess what....all these wonderful experiences....on Southwest. Yes, Southwest Airlines. I rather fly than deal with the morons on the roads who apparently got their license free with 4 proofs of purchase from their lucky charms cereal.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  247. Glenn

    Good job, you guys! With everyone avoiding the airports this summer, my flight is going to be downright peaceful : )

    April 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  248. Andrea on Long Island, NY

    I've already planned two trips involving flying this summer. Hopefully by the time my trips roll around (May and July), these surprise cancellations will be out of the way. Not that they'd sway me from flying anyway. There's no way I'm driving to Vegas with today's gas prices. I'm more worried about the airlines losing my luggage than anything else.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  249. michael

    Gee I wasn't paying for the War in Iraq with my tax dollars, and I didn't have $800 per month medical insurance to pay, and my mortgage wasn't so high, and we weren't paying so much to support illegal aliens to free medical treatment, social services, and helping them take our jobs, .... then maybe I could afford a vacation!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  250. Lisa Anderson

    I am writing you from San Diego California.

    I have no choice but to fly, because I have already purchased 4 airline tickets for me and my family. I just hope that this mess clears up by next month (May).

    April 10, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  251. Mike

    I gave up on the airlines years ago. I got my pilot's license, bought myself a little plane and my family and I travel all over the country with nary a delay. I'll personally never set foot on another flying greyhound again.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  252. Mapper John

    Why should I, along with a majority of my fellow citizens, have to lose total confidence in my government? Am I going crazy? It looks to me that the federal government, as led by an appointed president with his own ego-driven agenda and a cast of cronies, is failing badly. Other examples are the FDA, VA, Consumer Safety Product Safety Commission and DOD. Maybe Jack the question should be....are we ready for the country to be run correctly and with a drastic change of direction? My answer would be definitely YES. I am sick and tired of the US living in the cold war past and attempting to be the world's policeman. With all due respect to the Office of the Presidency, the current lame duck President needs to stay off television and pack his bags. Maybe he can shop around for someone to write his memoirs for him.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  253. Betty

    I will fly. Both Arizona and Hawaii are a bit far for a drive from NYC.
    And on a trip to Canada, I will make sure I fly Air Canada. And for flights to Europe – Lufthansa is great .

    When will this country wake up and start to invest (or rather rebuild) its railway system.........you know, like most developed countries have done .........excuse me ... I forgot .....this country's infrustructure quality will be soon at par with some third world countries.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  254. Ray from California

    Its clear American failed to advise its passengers in a timely manner of the flight groundings. We give them our telephone or email when we are booking a flight so they can notify us of these last minute changes. I hope American does not rush through through the process of checking its planes out to accomodate upset passengers or the potential loss of business. They should expand their checking to the entire fleet to comply with FAA standards but should also exceed them. I would certainly pay more as a passanger to know maintenance was superior. I would still fly American but would be leary of flying other airlines who have not yet checked out their aircraft to make sure they are compliant. I suspect more airlines will do the same to cancel flights as they check, buy trip insurance.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  255. Jana

    Remember when they always said "Welcome Aboard"?????

    April 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  256. Randi

    Yes, I will keep flying because I think it is important to explore the world and learn about other people's and countries perspectives as much as possible. However, what I will do (and have done the past few years) is whenever possible fly on a non-US airline. It may be the result of government subsidies, but non-US airlines generally have nicer, newer planes, better (free) food and drinks and much nicer personnel.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  257. Larry from Bellingham, WA

    I believe that the unprecedented airlines' bankruptcies and cancellations stranding thousands points to a collapse of our national economy. The trigger may be almost anything backed up by the incompetency of the White House, the Congress, or both .

    April 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  258. Fred in NYC

    You talk about vacation travel – what about those of us who have to travel for business?? NY airports were bad to start with, this is only making it worse. With airfares climbing faster than their jets, businesses are already choking, and these delays and the lost productivity they produce only further slowing our weak economy.

    When you have flown almost 2 million miles like I have, you certainly want the planes to be safe. I fully support canceling over gambling. If the airlines can't manage safety they should not be in business. I agree with those who call for re-regulation.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  259. Adam

    There will be more people flying this year. But people will complain more, just like they do as gas prices go up. People still drive their gas-guzzling SUVs to take little Johnny to soccer practice up the street.

    To those people afraid to fly, this isn't anything new, they won't fly anyway.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  260. Benton Nelson indianapolis in

    The only way i would fly this summer is if i grew wings.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  261. Scott

    TAKE THE TRAIN! INVEST IN THE RAIL SYSTEM!

    April 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  262. F. Mitchell from Orlando

    I haven't flown in over ten years and the way the airlines are treating the passengers, it will probably be at least another 10 years. If I can't drive there, I don't go.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  263. Lana in Houston

    Only to Europe and only on a European carrier.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  264. Chris

    Yes flying this summer.

    No thanks to driving to the Yucatan Penninsula from NJ 🙂

    April 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  265. Andrea on Long Island, NY

    Don North: Not really sure what being a "bleeding heart liberal" has to do with... well, anything. These cancellations impact everyone, regardless of political leaning.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  266. Rose

    we already have tickets to fly from Philadelphia to Orlando in June when school gets out. My two kids, who are 12 and 9, are well aware of the necessity to be QUIET and COMPLIANT in the TSA lines. It is an absolute nightmare in Philly. We have flown with the children probably 8-10 times, and the last few times we experience being yelled at constantly in Philly. The workers treat you like dirt. I just can't stand the idea of driving from here to Florida so we grit out teeth and bear with it. But the whole experience of flying is so unpleasant nowadays.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  267. Darth Vader

    The whole wiring harness is a sham. There is nothing wrong with the wiring harnesses. This is a tactic that the airline is using because they don't have the operating capital to keep their business afloat. The next headline you'll see regarding this is that the airlines are going to go crying to the Fed for bailout money. Like they don't get enough subsidies from the American tax payer. They have been making millions for years and they are flying a much older fleet of planes than their European competitors. This whole thing is a sick joke and it smells just like the oil industry profiteering scandal....

    When will we have a transparent system in place with no backroom deals to subsidize already wealthy industries. Subsidies don't seem very capitalist to me.....

    April 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  268. Ian

    Yeah, I'll fly this summer, but only because my destination is 3000 miles away and it's my brother's wedding. But hey, it's not so bad. I mean sure, it may cost me a limb for the ticket. And SURE, it may be a grueling smorgasboard of security, waiting, delays, potential cancellations, and overpriced schlock. And SURE, the seats are obnoxiously small, meals aren't free anymore, people are rude, and my confidence has been shaken in the mere safety of the aircraft. But I have to be there at this wedding, so I'll have to fly. There's a phrase for this sort of thing: HIGHWAY ROBBERY.

    April 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  269. john

    HEH, HEH. ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!!!

    April 10, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  270. Gayla

    I have to fly for work, so I'm used to all of this. It won't change. Even with the threat of cancellation, it's the most time-effective way to get across the country. With more people on the road and less people flying, maybe I'll get bumped up to first a few times.

    It's all perspective.

    April 10, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  271. Bill

    I'll fly once they can stop all weapons from getting through the detectors, fix all the wiring in the planes, hit the scheduled departure times, and give me a comfortable seat to sit in.

    April 10, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  272. Barbara, Florida

    This will not affect my decision to fly when making plans this summer. Flying can still be cheaper and faster than driving long distances, esp. with gas prices they way they are right now.

    April 10, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  273. Larry

    Jack, been a business flyer for over 30 years and never remember a time when flying was such a miserable experience or when passengers were treated as badly by everyone associated with the airlines. News flash for airline CEOs – your pathetic performance has cost you the business flyer on anything under a 5-hour drive.

    April 10, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  274. Christine Tampa,FL

    I feel much safer flying than I do out on todays freeways. I'd much rather be in a safety checked airline seat with skilled pilots, than riding on the freeway next to a giant SUV with someone who doesn't know how to control it, who hasn't had an eye exam in 10 years, and is talking on their cell phone.

    And yes, I have a flight booked to the Caribbean in May.

    April 10, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  275. Johan

    I will definitely fly this summer, however, it won't be on an American carrier, instead I will once again opt for the cheaper, more accommodating and more reliable neighbor ours: Mexico, as I board a Mexican carrier to Cancun.

    April 10, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  276. Harry

    Of course I plan on flying, it's still cheaper than driving most places. With oil at $110 a barrel, it's better to take a flight than to pump up your gas guzzler for a cross-country journey. Even the fuel surcharges and delays won't dissuade me!

    April 10, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  277. Jennifer

    All of the FAA regulatory problems give me some reservation, but I won't stop flying. I've never had an issue with waiting in line for a bit to go through security, and customer service hasn't been an issue. All I need is to get from point A to point B, and so far in my life flying has worked just fine, several times each year.

    If the FAA hadn't inspected adherence to safety regulations, we could say ignorance is bliss. I'm confident that this issue will be resolved, because the American people won't tolerate it otherwise. There are bound to be bumps in the road, but I'm still flyin'!

    April 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  278. Dave in Astoria

    Jack.... From now on, I'll fly Trans-Love Airlines to San Francisco

    April 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  279. Aamir Bashir

    I think Govt should let foreign airlines like Emirates and Singapore airlines operate on domestic routes in our country. These airlines are much more organized, successful and provide far better service to their passengers than all of the US carriers combined. This may result in bringing down the total number of US airlines to less than 5, which in my opinion is, not too bad!

    Aamir from Des Moines, IA.

    April 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  280. Amy R.

    Listen, with this economy who has money to buy plane tickets to anywhere? I am trying to make sure I can still afford to pay my mortgage.

    April 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  281. Robert Schenk

    Why would anyone fly is beyond my logic since "American" Airlines is now outsourcing their aircraft maintenance to China. Anyone know about that?

    April 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  282. Donna Hughes

    My family will NOT be flying this summer. Considering all the flight safety issues, delays, security, and expense, we bought a used pop-up trailer and will be seeing the sights our state and perhaps neighboring ones. We're thrilled we will be avoiding all that hassle, and can enjoy the many recreational opportunities in Arizona!

    April 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  283. Victor Rundquist, Atlanta, GA

    If I need to get from A to B, I am going to do it the most economical way possible. This summer, it may very well be in the Air. The airlines have fuel contracts based on the price negotiated 6 months ago. If I am paying $4.00/gallon for my car now, I hate to see what ticket prices will look like at Christmas.... Oh and the safety issue, I have but one question: How many cars have been recalled for faulty wiring, most recently Ford with faulty cruise controls... if you really want to be safe, stay home and look at pictures of the beaches on the internet!

    Victor, Atlanta, GA

    April 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  284. NIcholas

    Drive vs fly?

    If I drive then I have to risk the average American driver who thinks that a few to many is just not enough. I would also have to face all the idiots on the road who are paying more attention to the conversation on their cell phone rather than operating their SUV.

    If I fly then I have to face all the cry babies in the airplane who are complaining about a 15 to 30 minute delay! Then I have to listen to their kids scream and shot because mom and dad don't know how to raise their kids and who don't believe that discipline is not a good thing.

    Either way it would be just as bad.

    April 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  285. VG

    "A lot of these safety issues came to light when it was revealed that Southwest airlines was flying planes even after cracks were discovered in a jet’s fuselage."

    This is absolutly NOT true. Southwest has not, nor ever would allow planes to fly with known cracks. This needs to be corrected as it is not a fact.

    April 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  286. Rene, Elk Grove, CA

    Mr. Caffery, do you know how far I can fly for $600. And will these prices remain the same after May.

    April 10, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  287. Jane Burek

    I'd like to fly more. I love to travel.

    April 10, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  288. Jay

    Jack,

    As my father has always said: "Time to spare, go by air"!

    April 10, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  289. aaron from minneapolis, mn

    No...No...No...No...No...No

    Has American become this negative??? Statistics still say flying is safer then driving. Numbers don't lie folks.

    My last flight I arrived with a little over an hour before takeoff and had no problems getting through security in time. why drive when you can fly....high.

    April 10, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  290. Colorado

    The only thing worse than the airline 'crisis' is the way that most of these people are reacting to it.
    Really? Are you going to cry over it?
    I'll be flying on 2-3 occasions this summer, and wouldn't mind adding a few more trips as well! I'll just pack my carry-on bag, make my way through security, and arrive in my city of choice with a smile on my face and bag in hand.
    Boy, it doesn't seem that hard anymore does it?

    April 10, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  291. Megan

    My husband & I just flew from AZ back home to OR for an emergency trip. If it had not been an emergency, I would have gone by train. After a terrifying flight from the Caribbean to Atlanta last year for my wedding, I am deathly afraid of flying. I spent all 4 hours in the air last week clutching onto my husband's arm and crying during the turbulence. I also refused to fly from Phoenix to Tucson on our return trip. We instead forfeited our paid ticket and rented a car for the hour drive.
    As person who loves to travel (especially overseas), it is unfortunate that a few bad experiences and the recent issues that the airlines are going through, have crippled me in this way.
    I agree with an earlier comment that Americans should rediscover traveling by rail. While I am thankful for the ability to fly home for emergencies, I will only be doing so when completely necessary (and while on medication).

    April 10, 2008 at 5:03 pm |