I just learned of FlyersRights.org
through a NY Times article republished in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser today.
I have signed petitions.
Nowhere in the web site do I see a place to pose this question: What about sponsoring a National Do Not Fly Day, several times a year, or even monthly?
If hundreds of thousands of flying passengers did not fly on a designated Wednesday, or other day, money-hungry airline CEOs would likely take notice.
Do it twice and we may well see immediate changes made; and, keep the National Day a threat. A great amount of airline travel is discretionary.
I have currently stopped flying: I just cannot face the bruising and discomfort incurred in the tiny, cramped seats. I believe many arrogant, and ignorant, passengers are also to blame. Those are the ones that make flight attendants’ jobs hell. When I stopped flying, I had to give up my job: Surprise retirement. However, all the planned renewal of national and international travel is now “zero.” –premium-priced “comfort seats” sell out fast, or are cancelled with no notice (and, no refund of the higher ticket price without a fight). I believe the buck stops with the multi-million dollar CEO salaries (and, they fly on private jets, not commercial!).
Thank you/ Mahalo.
Interesting idea. Others have mentioned this too. But concerns include failure of many boycotts and the resources needed to mount such a campaign.
Any that you know that successfully changed corporate behavior?
Going back a ways, a boycott/strike here in Hawaii busted the behavior of the Big Five.
The lettuce boycott of Cesar Chavez, the bus boycott of the 50s.
Most recently some of the university boycotts.
Actually, I understand that most successful campaigns now are via social media. Arab Spring, even, was started and fueled in social media. Governments all over are monitoring or shutting down social media lines.
Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc. naming a future first date, such as “November 30, 2016: First Do Not Fly Day” gives the public time to work around that date. Additionally, the news media has time to pick it up and have articles and sound bites spaced during the preceding months; this also gives the airlines time to clean up.
Then, list dates in the succeeding months that would be Do Not Fly and build on the social media without let up. Any noticeable drop in ticket sales will hit home. I have seen (in coupon ads) that the momentum builds.
A good percentage of use the first run, then the second or third run: Bam! Deluge. Farmers’ Markets, Food truck fairs, Raves, fairs, whatever, pop in numbers and attendance after the first event day. Listing the event as a repeat event will build momentum.
College marketing students, high school students could anchor the campaign, at no cost. I think Obama’s social media blitz was college-based. If there is a central “hub” where students sit and set
up a blitz, or anyone, pizza is a strong and cheap-enough fuel. I have heard stories that the major strike/boycott back in the 40s in Hawaii was fueled with beef stew and rice and poi. Not much of it, but just that it’s there.
Interesting stuff , as I recall the UAW had good luck by targeting one auto maker at a time rather than all at once.
Perhaps the worst offender or worst model seat configuration.
Would you be willing to volunteer to help with this? FlyersRights runs almost entirely on volunteers.