Bikes versus planes

American air carriers all deserve a big Bronx cheer for refusing to carry non-folding bikes — or at least charging through the nose for it. For a time, many international carriers were glad to take bikes at no cost, but that’s beginning to change too. Why is the airline business — one of the least green industries; there’s even some chatter about how con trails are contributing to global warming and rainy weekends — working so hard to make life so difficult for cyclists?

El Al, the Israeli airline, is a notable exception who sees opportunity in the sitch. They’re actually promoting bike tours there, and bikes are gladly carried at no additional charge.

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You’ve got four days to book in time for Hannukah!

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