Letter: Airlines should give teachers a break, not penalize them

September 26, 2013 

Why do airlines make it hard on teachers to travel?

I’m in agreement with a previously published letter by Donna Pearson “Airlines should offer deals, not fare hikes, to teachers.” She pointed out that teachers can only take their personal vacations when airlines increase their fares — holidays, spring break, or summer when prices are higher for tourist season. A good teacher is only human, and needs rests, like all of us. Working with 20-30 children daily must take a lot of energy and a toll by the end of the year. 

Why not offer a percentage off inflated prices for those who work with our most valuable resource — our children? I’m sure Alaska Airlines or another company offering these types of perks for public servants, would not only gain much appreciation, but a long line of loyal customers too. 

— Stephen Bahner

Anchorage

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