The United States of America is at risk like never before regarding the safety of its citizen’s safety that uses airplanes as their means of transport. This has led the government to impose some airline regulations on the airline companies plying the skies of the United States. Some of these regulations are either bad or good depending on how one views the situations surrounding a given regulation.
Many of these regulations are very necessary because the safety of our passengers is very important. Let us consider some of the regulations imposed by the government regarding security. Since September 11, the United State government learned that it was in grave danger like never before. Enemies of the US have now decided to use every loophole to attack this country and it seems like the airline industry has been the main avenue used by these terrorists to attack us. The border regulation will go a long way in curbing this menace, passengers are now required to apply for permission to come into the United States three days before they depart to America. This will give the government time to monitor the past behaviors of these people before they are allowed into the US. Anybody who has a tainted past will never be allowed to come to the United States. Every airline will be expected to adhere to the Electronic Travel system, which will help airlines to monitor the movements of passengers at the airports before they depart to the US (New US border regulations).
The government also introduced another regulation safeguarding disabled passengers. This regulation is very important because these people need special attention and care, they cannot do things the normal way. They need help in performing basic activities like boarding an airplane; we should always remember that the disabled pay the same amount as the ambled passengers. Gone are the days when the disabled were discriminated against and viewed as less important members of society. The regulation regarding our environment is very important; the restriction of dangerous substances like mercury in an electronic component like an airplane will help reduce accidents relating to fires. This regulation will also reduce environmental pollution through smoke and noise produced by airplanes, this regulation is needed because it will greatly help us conserve our environment by preventing pollution hence all Americans will live in a clean environment (government and regulatory affairs). The government’s regulation of restricting icing-uncertified airplanes from flying in icing conditions is very commendable, although different airplanes react differently to different icing conditions, airline companies must adhere to this regulation without any compromises. Since the introduction of this regulation, airplane accidents have reduced significantly (Richard K. 2001). Airline companies must adopt this regulation because it will help in reducing accidents; therefore many companies will not incur losses related to accidents.
The government has a major role to play in helping airline industries grow, first off the government should improve the infrastructures related to the airline industries in one way or another. The government should achieve this by constructing other airports to curb the growing number of airline industries that are rising each day. Runways should be renovated and air routes are redefined so that accidents that occur because of airplanes colliding become a thing of the past.
The government should also reduce the fuel costs incurred by these companies; the high cost of fuel is making a negative impact on many airline companies. A recent study has shown that over seven airline companies are either grounded or operating under bankruptcy protection (government and regulatory affairs). It is high time the government intervenes in this crisis before all airline industries grind to a halt. Many airline companies spend billions of dollars on fuel each year purchasing fuel and therefore end up incurring very big losses, by subsidizing fuel prices, the government will be helping these companies to make profits and offer good services to its customers by reducing travel expenses. Weather is highly unpredictable; this has greatly affected air transport in that wrong prediction of weather has led to many accidents. The government is therefore required to put in place high-tech equipment to forecast the weather and monitor closely the climate changes being caused by environmental pollution. This industry is in a crisis because of high taxes being levied from them by the government, the government is therefore required to review its taxation policies regarding the airline industry (Dave 2008). The government is expected to loosen its grip on the airline industry and allow it to operate independently; it should also introduce regulations that do not undermine the operations of our airline industries.
The events of September 11th made me think a lot, is the American government ready and capable of tackling this menace called terrorism? Those regulations that the government has introduced to safeguard the security of its citizens in airports and screening of visitors who visit America should be upheld, however, these regulations should be tightened so that America can be safer than ever before.
In conclusion, I stand to be corrected by arguing that War and a weak economy have affected my decision on airline regulations in a negative way, this is because the government has spent so much money in sending our troops to war so that they can destroy and capture our enemies. However this is not the case, these terrorists are still out there planning on how to attack us once more. This venture has weakened our economy but the government is failing to notice this. They are continuing to send more and more troops to Iraq and all over the world instead of protecting its citizens back at home.
- Sky canners news Journal (2008). New US border regulations.
- Government and regulatory affairs.
- Dave Demerjian (2008). Autopia: The airline industry begs for help as it fights to survive. New York, A-Z publications
- Richard K. Jeck (2001). History and interpretation of Aircraft Icing Intensity: Icing intensity. Washington, office of Aviation Research