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Airlines Now Worry Their Passengers Could Be ‘Flight Shamed’




A plane comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at dusk November 1, 2013.
A plane comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at dusk November 1, 2013.
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Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager and face of the climate change movement, is starting to have an impact on the airline industry. According to a recent piece in the L.A. Times, the activist is credited for a 4 % decrease in commercial flight passengers in Sweden. Now, U.S. airline officials are warning a similar fate could be coming to the U.S.

The flight shaming movement started in Scandinavia and was highlighted by Thunberg after she chose sailing across the Atlantic over traveling by air. The firm Citi defines “flight shaming” as “the inherent guilt that an individual feels as a result of one’s aviation-related carbon footprint” and estimates that the cost of carbon offsetting economy flights will grow to $3.8 billion per year over the next five years, CNBC reports. Today on AirTalk, we’ll discuss the growing concerns. Are you thinking about flying less due to “flight shaming?” We want to hear from you. Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722

Guests:

Hugo Martin, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, covering the travel industry, his piece is “Travel by plane and you might get ‘flight shamed.’ This worries airlines” ; he tweets @hugomartin

Charlie Leocha, chairman and co-founder of the consumer travel group Travelers United