Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Brandon, who was one of a few readers (including many pilots) to take issue with this week’s tip about avoiding regional carriers over the holidays. Said Brandon:
“You’re actually incorrect that regionals have different safety standards. Almost all U.S. Regional airlines operate under the same FAA FAR’s as the U.S. legacy carriers. Usually if a flight cancels to one of these “smaller” communities it is because of issues with the airport being served and their limited capabilities and resources available, not the airline or the airlines safety standards. You are trying to sell your opinion as fact, and so I hope these actual facts give you more peace of mind next time you travel on a regional airline.”
I apologize for the misinformation, and I appreciate the clarification from Brandon and the rest. Upon further research, there’s no reason to assume regional jets aren’t safe. See this story for more.
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