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Are Hassle Free Airlines Truly Possible?
Southern Airways Express has been operational for four months and the carrier's CEO believes it's the answer to many passengers' woes.
"You're going to be able to walk from your car less than 50 yards in most cases to the aircraft without having to go through any TSA security hassles. You only have to get here 20 minutes before the plane departs," CEO Stan Little told a local TV station.
Right now, the airline serves 10 regional domestic routes, but it's planning to expand and may even add an international flight later this year.
The desire for a hassle-free airline is clearly strong, but can such a carrier truly take off in this day and age of global threats and terrorism fears? Southern Airways has managed to bypass TSA checks by flying in and out of smaller regional airports that don't yet have strict security protocols, and any route expansions would likely involve destinations with similar secondary airports. Still, flying out of alternate hubs might be a small price to pay for travelers who have had enough of body scanners, bag searches and liquid restrictions.
What do you think? Can an airline like this be made to work?