Miami Beach is a hot mess, with a state of emergency declared after crowds grew so large and boisterous over the weekend that law enforcement could not control them. Are cheap fares from American Airlines and JetBlue to blame for this bedlam?
Miami Unrest: American Airlines + JetBlue To Blame?
My answer at the outset: no, people must be held responsible for exercising personal responsibility rather than blaming others. Neither American nor JetBlue forced anyone to come to Miami and engage in uncivilized behavior.
Nevertheless, it is not surprising that this happened when American Airlines and JetBlue offered Spirit Airlines-level $31 transcontinental fares to Miami. Heck, these fares included carry-on items and were so widely available earlier in the month that is no wonder youth from across the country decided to descend to Miami to party. It has been a long year of lockdown…
Would this poor behavior have happened absent the cheap fares from American and JetBlue? Probably, though perhaps to a lesser extent. Miami Beach has always been a frenzied spring break destination and young people generally find a way there, no matter what the airfare costs. It also isn’t clear how many of the young people are local versus out-of-town visitors.
But have you seen the pictures and videos? So many? It’s like a slingshot: people have been held back so long that the momentum is almost unstoppable.
The Miami Beach curfew isn’t going so well pic.twitter.com/ixkuVLqc5v
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) March 21, 2021
Whoever you care to blame, Miami Beach is a mess right now and the cheap fares did not help. Let’s hope COVID-19 numbers don’t spike.
I personally believe it is unreasonable to blame super-cheap airfares on the trouble in Miami. Nevertheless, the dirt cheap airfare seems to have brought in a lot of people who perhaps otherwise would not have bothered to go (including myself).
I write this with a $70 r/t trip to Miami coming up…but unlike the revelers, I’m just turning around and coming right home. It will be a work day for me…