What’s the worst part about flying?

Marketplace Staff Apr 14, 2017
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If you can sleep, lucky you. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

What’s the worst part about flying?

Marketplace Staff Apr 14, 2017
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When a slew of upsetting videos showing a man being forcibly removed from an overbooked United flight went viral Monday morning, reaction in the Marketplace newsroom went something like this: “RIP United stock,” to “Hmm, maybe nothing matters” when shares actually rose, to “What does that say about air travel in general?” With that in mind, Marketplace Weekend host Lizzie O’Leary posed a not-so-innocent question to Twitter:

Here’s some of what we got. We’ll start with the obvious.

Then, there are the logistics.

And the airline doublespeak, which was in full effect for United’s apology statement Monday.

Finally, many of you said the airlines weren’t the worst part of air travel at all.

There’s also dread about the whole situation which is, uh, pretty annoying.

On the Weekend show, we took a deeper dive into the airline industry. We spoke with airline expert Henry Harteveldt as well as Sara Nelson, the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants to get a full picture of the aviation business. Plus, we’ve got some of your voice mails about the best and worst of air travel. Take a listen on the player above.

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