To Deregulate, or Not

Deregulation of Air-Safety Rules Can Be a Model

The Trump administration has a real opportunity to deliver on its promise to streamline the regulatory state. That opportunity comes from the proposed elimination of more than 50 regulations imposed on the airline industry — many of them designed to protect safety. Air safety has been a sensational success story. In the U.S., commercial accidents have been at very low levels for years. In 2016, more than 40,000 Americans died in motor vehicle accidents. By contrast, not even one American died in airline crashes from scheduled domestic carriers. The most recent fatal accident was more than seven years ago, in early 2009. ….[READ]