Terminal Sickness: A Washington Monthly/New America Foundation Discussion

Those who read the March/April issue of the Washington Monthly probably recall the controversial article by Phil Longman and Lina Khan about the continuing failure of America’s experiment with airline deregulation. To put it briefly, they argue the new non-system is responsible for poorer service on fewer routes, without the promised bonanza of lower fares, and is also wreaking major damage on cities that have invested in major hub facilities made obsolescent by airline mergers.

The Monthly and the New America Foundation are cosponsoring a lively discussion of this article and the broader issues surrounding the airline industry on Tuesday, April 24, from 9:30-11:15, at New America’s offices in Washington. For event details and RSVP procedures, click here.

Panelists at the event will include co-author Longman; former congressman (and former chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) James Oberstar; former Northwest Airlines CEO Douglas Steenland; and Tom Jones of Memphis magazine. The Monthly‘s Paul Glastris will moderate.

If you live or work in Washington, plan to drop by. And if you’re flying in for this or any other event, gird up your loins for the usual inconveniences of the American way of traveling.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.