How To Fly the Friendly Skies With Your Friendly, Maskless Face
The airlines have quickly become a choke point for the face mask orders.
On the ground you have a choice. If Walgreens turns you away, you can go to CVS. If CVS turns you away, you can go to the locally owned place. If Menards turns you away, you can go to Lowe’s. If Lowe’s turns you away, you can order online. If Sprouts turns you away, you can go to a farmers market. If the farmers market turns you away, you can go meet the farmer around back and buy what you need out of the back of his truck. Most of those places don’t turn people away, anyway, at least not if you invoke an exemption.
As predicted, the lockdown doesn’t end when some blue ribbon panel says it ends. The lockdown comes to an end as every locked down person individually determines that they will return to living life normally again. Each day becomes more and more normal.
In The Air, It’s A Little Different
In the air, it’s a little different. It’s not different because a passenger is captive. It’s different because there is effectively no competition.
When there’s virtually no completion in an industry, that often points to one of two scenarios:
1.) A product is the best that anyone could come up with and the cheapest and it makes everyone so incredibly happy that no one would ever even dare challenge the single provider of that amazing good or service. That does not describe the commercial aviation industry in the United States. The other option is that:
2.) Government thugs and mandates weigh so heavily on an industry that there is little competition in that industry, and barriers to entry are nearly impossible to surmount, so the consumer is left without a business that can provide the consumer exactly what he or she wants. Unfortunately for consumers, that describes commercial aviation, banking, health care, and many other industries.
Don’t Get Caught Saying Tropes Like “Monopoly” Or “Free Rider Problem”
But there is one industry that it doesn’t even come close to describing: the internet. People call Google and Facebook monopolies. Please don’t be one of those people. Monopolies exist when a company makes everyone as happy as possible, or when a government protects a big player from competition. Neither takes place in tech, at least not yet.
There’s lots of competition for Google and Facebook. Some of the competition is pretty awful, and the consumer correspondingly chooses to use Google and Facebook, which makes those two incredibly powerful, but it’s not deserving of being called a monopoly.
When you call things a monopoly, or when you argue that externalities are bad, or when you call “free riders,” a “problem,” as in the common business school phrase “the free rider problem,” you work against freedom. Don’t fall for it.
When you make that mistake, you invite a bigger government to step into your world in a more magnified way, and boy will they figure out a way to screw up whatever they touch.
If you want to know why all the airlines are behaving lockstep in line with each other, it’s because there’s nearly no competition in the airline industry, which is because of government’s protective involvement in the industry.
Tyrannical Government Behaves Tyrannically
As can be expected, the face mask choke point is taking place in this heavily regulated anti-competitive industry.
Government and the corresponding lack of competition is one of the causes of this.
There’s a positive aspect here too. If you’ve been following any of my work on this topic ( here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here you know that there’s always an exemption. Let’s go through that a little.
The Same Four Steps Will Help You Through This Problem
That means you are doing this or some variation of this:
1.) Check the written face mask exemption policy.
2.) Figure out how you fit into the face mask exemptions.
3.) Requests your exemption.
4.) Confirm the details of how you fit.
Obfuscation Of Information Makes These Four Steps Really Hard, But Why?
At this point, I am more knowledgeable about airline face mask orders than any of the dozens of airline employees I’ve ever spoken to about the topic. Most employees trust Fox, CNN, NPR, or whatever garbage news source they pretend to learn about reality from.
That means, even those tasked with checking people in at the airport will say things like “There are absolutely no exemptions!” even though their airlines actually have exemptions.
The lady at the counter will have a very different understanding of the rule than the guy you spoke to on the phone at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, who will, in turn, have a very different understanding of the rule than the guy you spoke to on the phone at 5:17 p.m. on Tuesday.
“Why is this?” you may ask.
For some two decades, United has made it impossible for anyone to walk through an airport without humming “Rhapsody in Blue.” The marketing departments of the airlines know how to communicate a message. If a message is poorly communica
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