I can’t stop …

I can’t stop thinking about the billions of dollars the government gave the airline industry last year after the terrorist attacks on the U.S. crippled the air travel industry. I’m looking for a chart or an explanation of where our money goes when we buy a ticket. What percentage goes towards fuel? What percentage towards payroll? Equipment and airplanes? I recall reading an article a while back that said the average profit margin for most airlines was around three percent, which is pretty small.

Airplanes use a lot of fuel. Thousands of gallons per flight. Is this fuel consumption enough of an incentive to the Bush administration, which highly favors gas and oil companies, to favor the airline industry by giving it billions of dollars in federal aid when it is struggling?

Here’s an article about a fuel surcharge that some airlines added to the cost of tickets when jet fuel was more expensive than it is now. Even though the price per gallon has dropped dramatically the airlines have kept the surcharge. Why? Is it pure greed?

A reader sent in this link to EasyJet, a UK airline. Scroll to the bottom and check out the interesting info graphic.

Message to would-be crooks: Think twice about scamming people out of the money via eBay auctions.

I’ve lived in Brooklyn for two years and never knew its history. Fascinating stuff.

Thomas Veatch: Explaining the Mystery of Election Parity. How Enron’s executives abused the nature of mixing business with politics. [via Interesting People]

Bush can read? Shocker!

Great! How to tell if you ass is too small. [stolen from dangerousmeta]

O’ReillyNet: Easing Web Application Development with CVS

You know, it would be really cool if Amazon accepted Paypal payments.

This is a pretty lame eBay auction. The sad thing is that people are actually buying this crap. I mean, it’s not even good Photoshopping. Look at the poor choice of fonts and uneven detail. Also, I believe there is a anti-counterfeiting law that requires gag and joke money like this to be labeled as such using the phrase “not legal tender”.

Posted by Cameron Barrett at January 26, 2002 06:23 PM

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