Delta Takes the High Skies in NRA Flap
While I usually fly FREE on one of the economy airlines in my travels in and out of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, I find refreshing the stance of Delta to the turbulence it is experiencing from the NRA.
Delta is Georgia born and Georgia bred. It started in Atlanta during the early days of commercial aviation when no one thought that air travel was a practical possibility.
When Eastern Airlines went belly up in the 1980s, Delta stepped up and took over the entire South Terminal. Today Delta is one of the major engines driving high paying employment in the Metro Atlanta area.
Overtime the Georgia legislature has rewarded Delta for its impact on the state economy by eliminating a gasoline tax airlines are required to pay. This no doubt helped Delta to remain competitive over rivals like the discounted airline that I fly on occasion.
So it came as a bit of a shock when the Georgia legislature passed legislation, in a weeks time,that now requires Delta to pay this tax on gasoline, after Delta announced they were discontinuing discounts for members of the NRA.
First of all why does the state of Georgia think it has to come to the aid of the NRA?
One would think that the NRA is big enough to fight their own battles without legislators who receive campaign contributions from them taking up the fight in arenas that are outside of the purview of the state legislature.
Delta has given much to the State of Georgia. Its board could have considered the many offers it has received from cities and states around the country to move to another airport with more favorable conditions. Most notably an offer from Birmingham, Alabama Mayor Randall Woodfin. Such a move would have changed the economic dynamics in the South sending more air travelers into Birmingham, which would have given the south two major southern cities.
But Delta has taken the higher road in the sky, “None of this changes the fact that our home is Atlanta and we are proud and honored to locate our headquarters here. And we are supporters of the 2nd Amendment, just as we embrace the entire Constitution of the United States,”declared Ed Bastian Delta CEO.
Bastian said that Delta would actively pursue “eliminating discounts for any group of a politically diverse nature.”
Kudos for Delta!
Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist. He is a Contributor at The Hill, SCLC National Magazine, Southern Changes Magazine and Black College Nines. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org