Some people have an intense fear of flying, but for most travelers, the most terrifying part of the whole experience is what a plane trip does to your wallet. A century after the dawn of flight, why is it still so darn expensive? Wendover Productions released this entertaining, attractive video breakdown that accounts for the hundreds of different expenses that go into getting an airliner off the tarmac. The fact that commercial planes usually only get a dismal 0.67 miles per gallon is far from the only factor, or even the biggest factor, in why boarding pass so pricey.
To name just a few of the expenses outlined in the video:
- Both pilots' salaries (who each average $44 per flight hour).
- All four flight attendants' salaries (who average $38 per flight hour).
- Take-off fees and landing fees charged by airports (based on the weight of the craft).
- Domestic Passenger Ticket Tax.
- 9/11 Security Fee.
- International Transportation Tax.
- Countless other taxes and fees that will infuriate you.
- $1,783 per flight to pay off the initial price of constructing the airplane.
- $2,121 for maintenance fees.
- The cost of running an airline with thousands of employees and services.
- The cost of running an airport with thousands of employees and services.
Okay, the last one wasn't mentioned in the video, but no flight is complete without a snack bag of honey-roasted nuts, so consider it a fixed expense.