Norwegian Air International: What’s past is prologue (

August 22, 2014

By Donald Marcus

Will U.S. commercial aviation travel the same path as U.S. maritime where flags of convenience cripple an important part of our economy?

Right now, the Senate must decide if it will join the House in passing legislation that will help prevent Norwegian Air International and similar fly-by-night flag-of-convenience operators from entering our skies.

Lessons learned in the U.S. maritime industry show how allowing companies to cherry pick among different national regulatory regimes can sink a great industry — and with it tens of thousands of jobs. Will the airline industry be the next to go? Will U.S. passenger airlines follow in the footsteps of the U.S. steel industry, American automakers and the other manufacturing industries that once provided family-supporting wages, retirement security, college tuition and the other trappings of a middle class lifestyle for so many Americans?

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