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Up in the air: Taxpayers are subsidizing empty commercial flights

http://twitter.com/#!/MacFarlaneNews/status/327044568958783491

Our hard-earned money funds empty suits and empty heads … why not empty flights?

This morning, on a flight from D.C. to West Virginia, Cox Media’s Scott MacFarlane found that he had plenty of room to stretch his legs:

Doing investigation of govt Essential Air Service.Taxpayers spent $500 for my ticket and all passengers to Beckley twitter.com/MacFarlaneNews…

— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) April 24, 2013

Hmmm. We certainly don’t recall consenting to that.

Taxpayers spend $500 per passenger to fly commercial planes to Beckley, WV airport – even though it’s often empty twitter.com/MacFarlaneNews…

— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) April 24, 2013

No flight delays.No furloughs. Free food & drink on Silver Airlines flight from DC to Beckley. Taxpayer subsidized twitter.com/MacFarlaneNews…

— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) April 24, 2013

1 attendant, 3 passengers.Taxpayers spent $1,500 to make tickets cheaper for commercial flight from DC to Beckley twitter.com/MacFarlaneNews…

— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) April 24, 2013

Whose stupid idea was this, anyway?

Staffers say taxpayer-subsidized flights depart Beckley, WV airport “empty” many days.Flights ordered by Congress twitter.com/MacFarlaneNews…

— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) April 24, 2013

Ah. That explains it.

And, thanks to our concerned congresscritters, the D.C.-to-West-Virginia route isn’t the only one we’re paying for:

Essential Air Service, taxpayer subsidized flights to small cities. 8 people on flight from Dulles to Staunton, VA twitter.com/MacFarlaneNews…

— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) April 24, 2013

Our tax dollars at work.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/04/24/up-in-the-air-taxpayers-are-subsidizing-empty-commercial-flights/


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