Past Event

Why Flying Is Miserable & How To Fix It

November 17, 2023
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Jerome Greene Hall, 435 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 106

Columbia Global Reports and Columbia Law School invite you to

A Conversation about the Airline Industry: Deregulation to Intense Concentration and What Can be Done Now to Fix a Broken System with Tim Wu and Ganesh Sitaraman, author of Why Flying Is Miserable and How To Fix It

Join us at Jerome Greene Hall on Friday, November 17 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. ET for a conversation between Tim Wu, Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology at Columbia Law School, and Ganesh Sitaraman, Vanderbilt law professor and director of the Vanderbilt Policy Accelerator for Political Economy and Regulation.

In his upcoming book, Why Flying Is Miserable, Sitaraman looks back at the hopeful origins and recent failures of airline deregulation to explain why everyone has a horror story about air travel–an unconscionably late flight, hours spent on the runway, reduced service, and lost luggage. Today, the industry is an oligopoly, with only four too-big-to-fail airlines that have received billions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts and still can’t offer reliable service.

Miserable air travel is the perfect symbol of the type of unregulated capitalism that America has unleashed. But there are ways to fix airlines—and, by extension, many other sectors of industry—because, after a half-century run, people are sick and tired of the turbulence that deregulation has brought to our economy.

Register Here

This event is free to attend and open to the public, but registration is required. A Q&A and book signing will follow. The event will be recorded. Why Flying is Miserable and The Curse of Bigness by Tim Wu will be available for purchase at the event from Book Culture.

Contact Information

Courtney Knights