Thursday, March 06, 2008

scandalous

An article circulating the web today has been making news citing an eco-scandal. Apparently an American Airlines plane flew from the US to Europe with only five passengers and now folks are outraged, by the fuel waste and the harm to the environment and of course, the irresponsibility of the airline.

But you know, I call bullshit. If that same flight had 200 people on it no one would have said a word because these flights happen multiple times daily every day of the year. If it's so horrendous to fly abroad with five people then it's equally horrendous to fly abroad with 200.

It's either the environment first or humans first and taking this sort of stand in a sensationalistic way is merely that. I doubt the planet cares whether it's five of us or 200 of us offending her because either way we offend her. Myself included.

If we are really outraged, we should ground planes altogether. But OH, THE OUTCRY! WE HUMANS CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT AIR TRAVEL! AND FUEL! WE LOVE OUR FUEL!

and the planet goes tick tock.

21 comments:

sam said...

Amen sista!

Plus there were at least 12 people on the plane if you count the crew.

There's never enough to complain about in the world, is there?

What about the millions and millions or cars that travel with one person in it all. the. time. ??

Amy Y said...

I hadn't heard that story yet... But you are absolutely right, Mama.
I don't think it's realistic to hope for grounding planes, but I do hope that some fart smeller out there will come up with a more ecological way to travel so we can have our cake and not hurt the earth too.

hele said...

I could not agree more.

I am thinking about you a lot. I hope you are well.

Lots of love, grass dancing in the wind and white white clouds slumbering against the summer sky.

Magpie said...

And if you count the crew, that means seven people were serving five?

flutter said...

The effects are the same. whether 5 or 5000.

Her Grace said...

No one complains when celebrities coast hop on private planes. What's the difference?

Deezee said...

okay, without reading the news report, dare I say I disagree with the complaint here?

Yes, 5 or 200 hundred affects the planet equally, but there is also the fact of being wasteful, of striving for consolidation so fewer flights are used, if possible, given our current habits.

So I think it's okay to point out this waste and attempt to avoid it. Just my thoughts...

hypoglycemiagirl said...

Well, I'd say those 5 people could easily have been rebooked to other flights. I think it's totally irresponsible to take off with so few passangers. Should be against the laws of common sense.

kgirl said...

All air travel sucks for the enviro, but seriously, why didn't they just put the peeps on other flights? Pretty stupid.

carrie said...

Shameless.

Janet said...

We do love our fuel. I often wonder: if one of the "superbugs" we're always hearing about does come to fruition soon, will they end air travel to stop the global spread?

Jenn said...

So apparently the only time outrage should occur is when the middle classes fly with less than sardine like environments?

Her Grace nailed it--personal jets and planes zoom across the stratosphere all day, and there isn't a big hub-a-ba-loo about it.

Slow news day, perhaps?

mamatulip said...

If it's so horrendous to fly abroad with five people then it's equally horrendous to fly abroad with 200.

Agreed.

Aliki2006 said...

Oh, the hypocrisy. It makes you what to bury your head, it really does.

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Jozet at Halushki said...

I think that there is a website where the passengers can buy carbon exchange points...lessee...5 people on one flight, that works out to about...uh...$2,900,890. However, if they served organic rice with the meal, you can knock off $90.

Jet car-pooling. Uh huh. If it's not truly inconvenient, it's probably just a "feel good" complaint.

Kellan said...

I hadn't heard this story, but you are right! It makes no difference if the plane was full or not - you are right!!

Thanks for coming by tonight and for your thoughts and prayers for our little baby! I hope to see you soon - take care - Kellan

PS - Did I tell you how much I am looking forward to meeting you in SF - if not - I AM!!

wheelsonthebus said...

I am with Deezee. If we fly with full flights, we can reduce the number of flights. If all the flights with five people were consolidated, even limiting it to, say, needing 100 people on board, that would be 19 fewer flights. I think it was a good thing to point out.

Christine said...

you are so right, jen.

and you want to hear bad? i just saw that on top model (which is gross to begin with) they had the contestants pose as homeless people for a photo shoot. i was sickened.
Running on empty

Defiantmuse said...

For sure, dude. For sure.

I'm super guilty of being hypocritical when it comes to air travel.

I like to think myself so "green" and evolved yet I definitely haven't been walking my way around the globe.

My ex is a huge climate change activist and is constantly on my ass about flying overseas, etc. Although when she went to work in Africa for a couple of years I do believe she flew in a plane.

We're all hypocritical in one way or another.

But you're right, Mother Earth doesn't give a shit if there are 5 people or 200 people on the plane.

The damage is the same.