Travel in America is a crapshoot, and it won’t get better anytime soon

Hundreds of thousands of people who expected to travel this week found themselves stuck in an airport

Jul 3, 2023

The chaotic scenes at airports this week are no longer an anomaly. They are the result of years’ worth of mismanagement, compounded pandemic-era hangovers and the increasing severity of disruptive weather brought on by climate change.

Key takeaways

  • Travelers are now paying much more - for flights, hotels, rental cars - and getting much less for it;
  • Consumer complaints about air travel are up more than 300% from pre-pandemic levels, with fliers citing lost baggage, strict refund policies, persistent flight delays and cancellations, and overbooked flights;
  • Climate change is now also making it harder to fly: Droughts, storms, wildfires and extreme heat are becoming more intense and more frequent, and there’s little the airlines or air-traffic controllers can do when the skies are simply too dangerous to fly.

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