Because this is so right on, I tell you what. Airlines have basically become part of the Government. Federal law gives airline personnel essentially the powers of law enforcement; disrespect a flight attendant, and she’ll make sure you leave the plane in handcuffs. So naturally, airline employees behave with the same arrogance and contempt for the public as Government employees.
Airlines, private companies, have been told they are “essential,” and are treated as such. They get government subsidies, they get government powers (you have to do what they say or risk legal action), and low and behold, they have started to act like government employees.
They do not act like they are beholden to the public. They do not act like they are providing a service. They act like they are beholden to their bosses, and the public are these annoying sheep they have to heard, and it is perfectly alright for them to push the sheep around if they aren’t cooperating.
You want to talk about abuse of power? Give a service person the power to have anyone who pisses them off arrested, and make it so broad, that the absurd result of you being arrested for arguing is no longer hyperbole, but what can actually happen.
This isn’t just a reaction to the man being bloodied, this is a reaction to the entire rotting industry that has taken its power, the power as government pets and too little competition, and run with it to run roughshod over the customers. This is a reaction to the people in charge telling us little people to sit down, shut up, take what we’re given, and go quietly to the back of the bus when someone more important comes along.
On a tangentially related not, there’s a new European budget airline called “Level.” Don’t you think their planes look like tubes of toothpaste? Doesn’t “Level” sound like it could be the name of a mouthwash?