Biden Pledges to Tackle Inflation by Making Airline Seats Less Racist ?
During a White House announcement today, Joe Biden pledged to have all agencies in the federal bureaucracy begin to target private industry for charging service fees, or what the administration calls “junk fees.” The junk fees relate to everything from bank overdraft charges, to hidden cleaning fees on car rentals, to hotel resort fees and even fees on airlines for seats with more legroom.
According to the White House, the junk service fees disproportionately impact marginalized communities, minorities and low-income households. The airline fees are particularly racist because the airline prices for more comfortable seats have a “disparate impact” (legal term for federal intervention) on protected categories of people.
Poor people cannot afford bigger seats. Poor people are disproportionately minority. Ergo a higher percentage of minority people cannot afford the comfortable seats. That makes charging more for comfortable seats an illegal practice according to the legal theory of ‘disparate impact.’ WATCH:
[Transcript] – […] Some airlines, if you want six more inches between you and the seat in front, you pay more money. But you don’t know it until you purchase your ticket.
Look, folks, these are junk fees. They’re unfair, and they hit marginalized Americans the hardest, especially low-income folks and people of color. They benefit big corporations, not consumers, not working families. And that changes now.