Zero To Travel Podcast
Zero To Travel Podcast
Jason Moore
Why Flying Is Miserable (And How To Fix It) With Ganesh Sitaraman
1 hour 25 minutes Posted Jan 30, 2024 at 3:00 am.
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From economic turbulence and overworked employees to the issues that affect everyday travelers, like delays, cancellations, lost luggage, and reduced routes – it's safe to say the airport experience has gotten pretty rough!

Ganesh Sitaraman is on a mission to improve the airline industry for travelers, and his new book Why Flying Is Miserable: And How to Fix It lays out a plan for how leaders could fix flying to serve more people more efficiently and with fewer federal bailouts and headaches.

Ganesh is a Doctor of Law from Harvard and is currently a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School. He’s a policy expert who teaches and writes about constitutional law, the regulatory state, economic policy, democracy, and foreign affairs. 

In this episode, Ganesh and I unpack some of these problems with the US airline industry and take a look at the potential solutions through the eyes of a policy expert. While policy reform might not be something you thought you’d ever get excited about, you’re going to be after listening to this episode!

How can airline reform create a better travel experience for you? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic and hope you’ll share by sending me an audio message.

Tune In To Learn:

  • How we got to where we are and the issue with unregulated air travel
  • The biggest lesson for the industry to take away from the pandemic
  • Why the current system’s overall higher prices with fewer routes due to less competition is no longer working
  • The surprising role that airports play in the airline system, who it hurts, and why
  • Why the industry in its present state is bad for geographic equality and economic growth 
  • His three-point plan for fixing flying and how the solution plays into climate change
  • How he envisions AI playing out in the industry and the potential downsides for travelers 
  • What it was like behind the scenes of a presidential campaign and how it’s inspired his work
  • His advice on opening someone up to an idea and what you can do to make a difference in policy reform
  • And so much more


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