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Startup All-You-Can-Fly Airline Dodges TSA Using Horde of Tiny Planes

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The suckiness of flying has come to the attention of entrepreneur Wade Eyerly, who has a plan to take your money and make your life better. Give him $150 a month and he will give you access to a booking system stocked with a bunch of tiny planes zooming up and down the east coast between Atlantic City, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

The best part? The size of the flights lets flyers opt out of many of the elements (*cough* TSA *cough*) that make air travel unbearable:

PlaneRed is an all-you-can-eat flight subscription launching around September 1st 2011 that will fly just below the TSA's radar—using 9-person planes to dodge under their screening of any plane carrying over 10 passengers. 

Important note: The airline doesn't actually exist yet. Starting an airline is pretty hard. And when the TSA gets wind of the plan, expect the Leviathan to awake and lumber in its general direction. But if Eyerly manages to get PlaneRed up and running, I know quite a few D.C. frequent flyers who would fall gratefully at the man's feet.

As a former (or perhaps current?) economist at the Defense Intelligence Agency, CEO Eyerly is all too familiar with a lesser-known way that taxpayers are subsidizing existing airlines. Sez Eyerly:

We are constantly reading about bankrupt airlines, unprofitable airlines, and those that are bailed out.  Americans have to fly—our economy demands mobility.  So—the taxpayer ends up subsidizing travel.  (Don't think so?  Ask about the government travel rate on your next flight.  It'll be 5 times what you paid.)

Further Internet stalking reveals this important information about Eyerly as well:

one of these things is not like the other one?

Plus, he's a Mormon. And we all know how I feel about Mormons.

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  1. This is where the TSA mask will slip. Everyone in the field agrees that there is nothing you can do to stop the small airplane threat. And they further understand that it is no big deal since a small plane can’t do much damage. So, there is really no reason for TSA to care about this. Indeed, this is one sollution to the 9-11 type threat; just put everyone in small planes so that terrorists can’t do much damage even if they do manage to get one.

    But you watch. They will have a fit about this. And it will show, as if there is any doubt now, TSA is about controling people not safety.

    1. ..the TSA will need to make sure people are safe…after all…if it saves just one life….

  2. Man pulled over, arrested for 5th DUI as he leaves court hearing for 4th DUI.

    Nothing else happens.

    http://www.ketv.com/r/26574712/detail.html

    1. That court should lose its liquor license.

  3. PlaneRed is an all-you-can-eat flight subscription launching around September 1st 2011 that will fly just below the TSA’s radar?using 9-person planes to dodge under their screening of any plane carrying over 10 passengers.

    Can’t they wait ten more days? That would really be the cherry on top of this excellent news.

    1. Dude, it’s not gonna happen. The Powers That Be (Obama) will see how potentially embarrassing this could be to them and they will find a pretext to shut it down.

      From their perspective, it’s perfectly rational. If anything bad happens to anyone ever, they’ll get blamed.

      On the contrary, most people (voters) are too stupid to care too much about stopped progress. 🙁

  4. You’ve gotta have a death wish if you are willing to fly around in puddle jumpers for $150/month. Flying is a pain in the ass but I’m not sure how safe I’d feel riding with an airline created specifically to get around safety guidelines.

    Of course, once one of those cheap planes goes down H&R will be here to talk about how the crash illustrates how incompetent the gubmint is when it comes to regulating place safety.

    1. I’m curious which safety guidelines he’s getting around?

    2. Yeah because small planes crash all the time. And it is not safety regs, it is security regs. There is a difference.

      Stupid troll is stupid.

      1. Small planes do crash on a fairly regular basis. And security regulations are a type of safety regulation.

        1. Re: Meta_Man,

          Small planes do crash on a fairly regular basis.

          Yes – the sporting type, not the commuter type.

          And security regulations are a type of safety regulation.

          That’s a crock. A safety regulation relates to procedure, whereas security regulations are nothing more than a 3-ring circus designed to fool the terminally gullible into feeling “safe.”

    3. an airline created specifically to get around safety guidelines security theater and Fourth Amendment violations.

      FIFY

      1. Nicole said it best.

    4. Re: Meta_Man,

      Of course, once one of those cheap planes goes down H&R will be here to talk about how the crash illustrates how incompetent the gubmint is when it comes to regulating place safety.

      1. Hmm, something happened there…

        Of course, once one of those cheap planes goes down H&R will be here to talk about how the crash illustrates how incompetent the gubmint is when it comes to regulating place safety.

        But the government IS incompetent when it comes to regulating place (and airplane) safety, Meta_Man, regardless of what happens to PlaneRed.

        Airplanes do not fly in the sky in safety because of government; they do because operators do not want to lose their investments and paying customers in a fiery crash.

        1. Plus, we don’t want to die.

          Fuck off, Meta_Boy.

  5. He’s got a great idea if he can pull it off, but I’m skeptical. $150 per month sounds way too cheap.

    btw, those four pictures could be an SAT question. Which of the four are unlike the others?

    1. Three are Americans, one is French?

    2. Voltaire is from over 100 years ago?

      Eyerly needs some more diversity in his list of those who inspire him.

    3. i think the $150 is just to access to the booking system. i would imagine then you have to pay a fare for each trip.

      1. If we can take any of this information seriously, then there won’t be a per-trip fare or it wouldn’t be all-you-can-(eat|fly). If we can’t, then the $150 price point is suspect too.
        However, I could see them selling stuff to you while you are in the air, a la Ryan Air.

  6. Maybe it will finally look like the future, circa 1935.

  7. Scenario: TSA shows up when the airline announces its first flight, demands submission, and the airline security guards pull their guns and open fire when agency thugs trespass on the aircraft.

    Hilarity ensues as people fail to give a shit about some dead government goons.

    1. New take on the old one about laywers: what’s the difference between dead TSA goon and a dead pig in the road?

      Skidmarks; in front of the pig.

  8. PlaneRed is an all-you-can-eat flight subscription launching around September 1st 2011 that will fly just below the TSA’s radar?using 9-person planes to dodge under their screening of any plane carrying over 10 passengers.

    How dare he? How dare he go against the Grand Design of the Almighty State through entrepreneurship, ingenuity and… and… profit-seeking? Eeewww!

    HOW DARE HE???

  9. Starting up an airline is relatively easy; what’s hard is finding airports at which one can land one’s planes.

    1. He should use tilt rotors. Then all you need is an open field or rooftop.

  10. It might be wiser to start up as far from DC as possible.

  11. $150 gets you access to the booking system. How much are the actual tickets?

    1. All you can eat suggests one charge no matter how much you use it, hence no extra per flight.
      However, the question is: how soon can you get a reservation?

  12. Last Sunday I flew to Grand Canyon from Boulder City on a 19-person plane. There was no TSA anywhere around. Thus, I don’t understand why we’re talking about the 10-person limit.

    1. ALERT! ALERT!

      THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN BREACHED!!!!!

  13. I’ve heard of, but have no experience with, seaport airlines, which also boasts the no-TSA feature.

    http://www.seaportair.com/

  14. *cough* TSA *cough*

    I wonder how long it will be before the TSA makes you turn and cough to make sure you aren’t hiding anything in there.

  15. This isn’t really new. Private jets have been pretty much exempt from TSA for a while. And you can get on a private jet even if you don’t own one or work for a company that owns one with subscriptions to a number of different companies (NetJets, etc.). Is this company planning to run scheduled routes- if so, I guess that would be new.

  16. People who believe in the State, rather than individual initiative and free markets, will hate this man’s plan, not realizing it is exactly the kind of ingenuity they say we can’t depend on.

  17. Here is a nice small jet.

  18. When I evade taxes, er leave the country, I’m planning on a chartered flight.

  19. related:

    Less Revealing Body Scanners:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/…..ml?hpid=z5

  20. Starting up an airline is relatively easy; what’s hard is finding airports at which one can land one’s planes.

    If these are civil rather than commercial aviation-type planes (like business jets), he can land anywhere with a long enough runway. I believe most major airports have civil aviation operations; you just call the tower and coordinate your landing.

    1. Sweet! Let’s start “Reason Airlines:…” uh, anybody got a tagline for the commercial?

      1. Sure! How about:

        “Reason Airlines…..fuck off, slavers!”

        (I’ll work on a jingle)

  21. Does anybody have any type of direct contact to Wade? I have been looking everywhere with no luck.

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