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Sadly transportation is one item we haven't made progress in, in terms of getting from your house to your destination faster. It is safer but in the last ~40 years between traffic, security, etc. I think the time involved in going the same distance has gotten worse (both in the air and on the ground).

Of course from what I've seen, airfares have actually gone down, so maybe you get what you pay for.

I was reading a story about the Lion Air crash with the 737Max and the scary part there is how the FAA went along with Boeing and didn't require additional training for the changes. The European authorities at first disagreed but eventually went along. Brazil disagreed and actually required more training and better disclosure of the MCAS software that was added.

Mistakes all around. I remember watching Air Disasters (history channel?) and in the vast majority of them, it wasn't a single mistake that caused the loss of life but a combination of events.

And back to the original topic, usually it isn't the person that throws away a segment once in a while, it is the people that do it constantly that draw the attention of the airlines. Kind of like how one airline (Lufthansa I believe), sued and won money from a guy who constantly bought refundable tickets to use their lounge in Munich but never flew and just got the ticket refunded each time (~35 times).

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