Expedia Grounds American Airlines Following Dispute

Expedia is banning American Airline tickets from its online travel database, claiming that the airline’s new strategy is “anti-consumer” and “anti-choice.” The decision was made this weekend, and follows a dispute between American Airlines and Orbitz, which removed its listings last month, Reuters reports. Expedia claims American Airlines’ new model will result in higher costs and reduced transparency for consumers, and American Airlines has defended the move, by saying it has seen higher ticket sales without the help of the online travel sites.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work