How Guilty Should You Feel About Flying? (NY Times) “The short answer: Probably not [very]. If your flights are purely a luxury, though, that’s another matter.”
So what’s to be done to curb frequent flying? One idea, floated by a group in Britain called A Free Ride, would tax fliers progressively: Everyone gets one tax-free return flight each year, and a tax kicks in at a low rate from the second flight. Taxes then ratchet up for each additional flight in that year.
This solution probably isn’t feasible everywhere (especially where, as in my country, a significant part of our advantage is our regional reach), but it is worth thinking about. Inequality rears its ugly head almost everywhere.