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Q: What is wrong with aviation uniforms?
The Midwest and central mountain regions of the United States are considered flyover states. They originally earned this nickname because planes flying from coast to coast pass right over them without stopping.
Alaska Airlines is the most recent airline to take advantage of these flyover states and the air travel market that they over. In the past two years, Alaska Airlines and their subsidiary SkyWest have opened many new routes from their West Coast hubs of Seattle, Portland and San Diego.
Cities that have been added include Kansas City, Omaha, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. In the past, these cities were major connection points for airlines flying cross country. As fuel efficiency of aircraft increases, these cities have lost service as there is not a need for planes to stop to refuel.
Some flyover states are home to major hubs, many of which due to historic ties. Denver International Airport and United Airlines are on example of a hub based in the middle of the United States. United utilizes Denver as a scissor hub, a way for passengers to transfer flights from smaller west coast cities to cities on the east coast and vice versa. This prime location in the center of the country allows for this set-up to work reasonably well, however it has become less viable over the past decade.
American Airlines used to have a major scissor hub in St. Louis, Missouri, but this become very irrelevant and lost the airline a lot of money, following the 9/11 terror attacks. The flights that existed before the shut down of the hub have not come back, much to the disappointment of those wishing to travel to and from the city.
A: They are too plane…
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