The “secret” of flying cheap

FRONTLINE “Flying Cheap” | Sneak Peek 1: Who’s Flying Your Plane? | PBS

Watch the full video (about an hour long) at:

If you ever shop for cheap air tickets, I would highly recommend you to watch the full video. You really need to know who are the people who are actually flying your plane. In this revealing sneak peek from “Flying Cheap,” FRONTLINE provides glimpse into the lives of regional airline pilots—from low pay and long hours to nights in cramped “crash pads.” “Flying Cheap” airs Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 9PM on PBS (check local listings).

One year after the deadliest domestic airline accident in seven years, FRONTLINE investigates the crash of Continental 3407 in Buffalo, NY, and discovers a dramatically changed airline industry, where regional carriers now account for half of the nation’s daily departures. The rise of the regionals and arrival of low-cost carriers have been a huge boon to consumers, and the industry insists that the skies remain safe. But many insiders are worried that now, thirty years after airline deregulation, the aviation system is being stretched beyond its capacity to deliver service that is both cheap and safe.

Watch “Flying Cheap” on air and online beginning Tuesday, February 9 on PBS (check local listings) and at

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