What you need to know before booking another flight: Airlines continue
to shrink passenger space, including seat size, row spacing and
aisles, creating a major passenger safety issue, especially for those
larger, older, and less able-bodied. Overcrowding has exponentially
increased in-flight disruptive and violent behavior and the inability to
perform FAA-required emergency passenger evacuation within 90
seconds. FAA policies allow the aviation industry to load tons of
unscanned/unsecured U.S. mail, hazardous materials, and cargo onto
passenger aircraft without smoke detectors and fire suppressants.
Support flyersrights.org efforts to get FAA/DOT to set minimum
passenger space requirements akin to current rules for transporting
Terrorists bombed a U.S. flag carrier, Pan American Flight 103, murdering 259 aboard and 11 in Lockerbie. U.S. federal courts have jurisdiction to prosecute crimes on board U.S. aircraft regardless of location. Why did the U.S. abandon Americans and abdicate lead investigative responsibility to Scotland’s smallest police force? U.S. authorities have never prosecuted any suspects. Scottish courts tried two Libyans, convicted one, ultimately releasing both. US Attorney General Bill Barr stated “I felt that our follow up to the attack was not sufficient and… the full measure of justice was denied.” Today, the three-decade pursuit of accountability and justice by the victims’ loved ones continues.
Terrorism, War, and Petro Aggression
Oil, the world’s most important commodity, generates much power and wealth. Large consumers of oil, including the U.S. and UK, have aggressively sought to dominate this precious global resource for national security. Oil-rich “petrostates” like Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Saudi Arabia have at times acted to protect their resources, avenge grievances, or support wars. The century-old quest for oil has seen governments overthrown, political violence, international terrorism, and wars.
Flyers’ & Victims’ Rights
vs. Business as Usual
Government has continually favored and protected the oil industry and civil aviation over the public interest — including billions in government subsidies, political expediency, lax safety and security enforcement. Antiquated laws and international treaties that harshly limit the aviation industry’s liability for travelers’ injury. Reversal of victims’ rights legislation allowing ability to file civil lawsuits against terrorist states, where some U.S. oil companies do business. Disproportionate taxes on consumers — 10% airline ticket tax, 500% higher gasoline excise taxes, both federal and state, than on aviation fuel.