There is something to be said about that..
It certainly was no secret that a terrorist attack of this magnitude was a risk to all airlines of the world. Every day they operate, they accept the assumed risk. When a new startup like Airtran, Legend, Jetblue, etc takes to the skies for the 1st time they are accepting this as a risk for the business model they have chosen.
For the sake of arguement, why should the taxpayer pay up essentially to corporations that didn't prepare themselves for crisis scenarios? It's alarming that an industry that personally handles millions of lives a year is spread so thin that if they can't operate for a few days, they're laying off tens of thousands of people and threatening bankruptcy. I do understand the anticipation of a severe drop in passenger loads as a major factor in requesting governmental aid.
Maybe airlines should've focused less on purchasing new RJ's and flooding U.S. business center airports and created more of a cushon for themselves. Then perhaps spent the money on security to lessen the risk of a business destroying tragedy like the WTC. I'm not suggesting airlines not be competetive by denying frequencies to major business hubs. I'm saying that they should be denied the opportunity to compete until they have established a credible security base to build & grow on.
So... because we americans have become so dependent on air travel that the economy craters without deregulated airlines, We(the taxpayers) have to bail them out for their lack of preparation.
Let me make sure I'm clear, WE NEED THE AID PACKAGE. But it's truly sad that we NEED the aid package to begin with.
If we weren't so dependent on air travel, would this even be an issue?