Airlines have been struggling to be profitable for a long time. The new baggage fees are just one example of their attempts to stem the loss of money. Rising fuel costs will encourage them to find ways to cut costs, which may just impact safety. Care must be taken to save money without hurting safety.
Airline safety is not determined by the cost of fuel. It is a completely separate matter. If ever an airline's safety comes into question due to the cost of fuel, then some major investigations should be done. The safety of people cannot be compromised just because prices escalate in fuel. Fuel does not affect a company's ability to ensure a safe environment.
To a certain degree, I do believe that rising fuel costs will affect airline safety because the main priority remains making a profit. Many airlines, including Delta, already have responded to higher fuel costs by charging astronomical baggage and handling fees. In addition, the recent airline mergers are also an indirect response to rising fuel cost, which in many instances, will lead to a new airline structure for pricing and passenger safety.
Fuel costs have gone up and not back down. Once prices go up they never come down and now with the oil leak we are going to have to suffer additional increases in fuel to pay for their mistakes and carelessness.
Fuel is what runs airplanes and without airports running, airlines can no longer exist. With rising fuel costs, airplanes have to spend more money on fuel than other things like safety and updating their planes. They will probably have to rise their ticket prices, which could result in slower business because passengers are not willing to pay extra.
Rising fuel costs always results in an increased operating costs for any airline. But due to the ongoing competition in the field, it will be suicidal for an airline to pass the buck directly to the passengers.
In their rat race to reduce air fares to pocket more business, the prime sufferer is airline safety. Cost reduction is often accomplished by circumventing many vital aircraft service and repair procedures, often resulting in catastrophic consequences.
Cutting costs are fine, but let this not be at the expense of airline safety. Safety of the passengers must be the prime concern for an airline for long term success.
Don't fly into a panic, because fuel costs are rising. All the money we spend on fossil fuels and gasoline should go into research on how to create water-fueled or electrically-fueled automobiles. That includes airplanes. If we could completely stop using gasoline, the health of the atmosphere would improve, global warming would decrease, and our wallets would not be hurting.
The only way that rising fuel costs will affect airline safety is if the airlines decide that they want even more profits. Anytime the cost of any aspect of running an airline escalates, it is the ticket buyer that absorbs the cost, not the airline. The only way higher fuel prices would affect security is if the airlines decide that they want to pocket more money.
Any time costs go up, businesses have an incentive to save money wherever they can. Fortunately, while businesses have an incentive to cut spending on safety, there are two reasons this still won't happen. The first is that little cost savings can be realized by cutting safety. After all, loss of a plane is an enormous cost for an airline. The second is that airlines are heavily regulated by the FAA and the Department of Transportation. So, any attempt to cut back on required safety expenses would result in losing a license or expensive litigation with the government, negating any savings. Since airlines can't really save money by skimping on safety, they won't do it.
Rising fuel costs suck, but should not affect airline safety in any way. In fact, if an accident or incident occurs, the fewer amount of people flying may minimize casualties. Airline safety is performed by the federal government anyway, so private airliners are not the ones fronting the cash for airline safety.
Rising fuel costs won't hamper airline safety. What rising fuel costs will do is bump the price of airline tickets, and maybe the airlines will charge more for drinks or extra luggage. This, in turn, could make passengers more angry, and there might be the occasional passenger who starts a fight on the plane because he/she is disgusted with the prices. As for safety, there should be no issue here, as the airlines will still have to perform their pre-flight inspections, and whatever else they do, before take-off, as this is regulated in the industry. Safety issues? Not a problem, even if fuel prices go up.
The only reason this would have an effect is if the airlines kept costs down for the consumer by disregarding safety checks and went past regular maintenance deadlines. There would be no excuse for this and the airlines, not high fuel costs, as they would be making a conscious decision to put people at risk.
Raising the price of fuel has nothing to do with airlines being unsafe. I see no shortcuts that can be taken to impact safety on an aircraft, nor do I see any reason why an airline would want to do anything to impact safety. By doing so, it's a liability to the airlines.
For an airline to cut corners in safe operation because of rising fuel costs is a very weak argument. Airlines are enjoying record passenger numbers because of their outstanding safety record. If an airline puts passengers at risk because of higher fuel costs, that airline is committing business suicide. It is much safer and more profitable to pass the costs on to the consumer.
Why would the cost of fuel increasing have any correlation to the safety of airlines? When I drive my car and see that gas has gone up 5 cents at the corner gas station it doesn't make me any more of a dangerous driver does it? This is a simple question with a simple answer, the only thing about fuel that would hurt airline safety would be a radical change in the systems used in airplanes to process fuel to something more dangerous.
Rising fuel costs will not hurt airline safety. While some airlines are choosing to carry less fuel in order to increase fuel efficiency, they are not endangering the safety of their passengers. It is a rare case that a passenger jet is put into such a long holding pattern that it is unable to land in a timely manner and thus, run out of fuel.