WHY IT’S DANGEROUS: Lower pay for flying more hours puts measurably less-qualified starter pilots into the cockpit. Of the seven fatal U.S. airline accidents since 2003, five involved regional airlines.
HOW BIG IS THE PROBLEM? Regional airlines now fly more than half of the nation’s air passenger traffic. Since deregulation, fiercely competitive regionals became the main air service to smaller cities.
I have lived in San Francisco a long time and am fortunate enough to be long lived. But I see that something in San Francisco has been lost. What were formerly taboo, impolite, poor manners, illegal or immoral, today is part of modern culture.