Modern society LOVES to tell other people what to do.
It's one of the highest forms of idiocy on display each day.
If you guys want to run charity airline flights for people, start an airline!
Donate your life savings to subsidize ticket prices or something!
Donate all your airmiles to charity today!
Charter a plane to make 5 runs down to Florida each day for the next week!
Oh, wait, yeah, none of you are doing that.
You'll argue on the internet telling someone ELSE what to do....
But, you can sit at home and act all self-righteous when no one does what you say....
BlatantEcho's spot-on. Airlines face limited resources and all the internal US ones, at least, are for-profit. In addition to maximizing shareholder value (legally mandated), they also all contribute to various charitable causes. If you demand that airlines dedicate their charitable giving to evacuating in front of hurricanes, then you're demanding to take those resources away from the opera or saving the whales or providing life-saving medical treatment or gay pride parades or whatever else the airline's leaders would choose to support.
The really terrible news is that the airlines, like many other businesses, seem to be shifting to a PR-focused business model in which they cave to various outbursts of outrage. The only way to do this effectively, of course, is to raise prices overall so that when they lose margins or actually take a loss when catering to some outraged group's demands, it still protects their bottom line. So everyone has to pay more for everything so that businesses can soothe loudmouths who want to tell them what to do with their money.
Can't believe someone is arguing that price fixing for essential services induces horsing when a single family holds more warpath than the bottom 40% of US. The naivety and ideological fetishism in the face of loss of life is outrageous.
The immense concentration of wealth in the hands of a few is
a problem. The free enterprise system has delivered tremendous value to date, but this is a failing and deserves attention. But to attack the most beneficial mechanism of the free enterprise system (demand driving supply) because of inequality is, at best, very misguided--those efforts would be much better used in demanding direct solutions to the scale of structural inequality. At worst, this comes across as intentional misdirection.
How about a different paradigm, one through which basic needs in a time of disaster and crisis are met through other forms of organization not centered on speculative grounds or profiteering. Radical thought, radical thought.
Red Cross or other legitimate disaster relief organizations. Or start up your own charity, as BlatantEcho suggests.