Yes, believe it or not, we’re hearing that federal employees are abusing their own rules on flying business-class.
In other words, they should be flying coach, but they’re bumping themselves up.
And sometimes that means spending thousands more on a ticket than they’re supposed to. This information is courtesy of a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which says these rip-offs are costing us taxpayers an extra $145-million a year…
People shouldn’t break rules. Period.
But (and this is a pretty sizable but), lets look at those rules for a moment, shall we?
The government generally bans business-class flying on flights shorter than 14-hours. 14-HOURS! Thats a pretty long haul to be sitting cramped in coach, especially if you’re working (these abuses occurred on work-related flights; they were not pleasure jaunts).
And get this: if your flight DOES last longer than 14-hours, and you do get to sit in business-class, you apparently have to go directly to work, without a rest period!
I guess the thinking is, you will be all rested up from your business-class comfort. I suppose its possible, but its never really worked for me.
I’m curious about what you think, on a couple of fronts: do you get much rest on one of those grueling, double-digit hour flights?
And how easy is it for the government to attract great talent from the private sector, with what some would say are pretty harsh flight-class regulations?
Don’t get me wrong; the people who flew business when they weren’t entitled to, did wrong, and they cost you and me and every taxpayer, money.
Of course, I think there’s a simple solution to this. The government should check out FareCompare. And they might want to pay special attention to our section on how to get Discount First-Class air fares.