Plane Sharing Has Stalled, but the Supreme Court Can Change That

Recently, TechFreedom and the Cato Institute filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to hear an appeal in Flytenow, Inc. v. Federal Aviation Administration after a lower court ruled in favor of the FAA.

According to the brief, Flytenow planned to offer an internet-based service to connect pilots and passengers through a cost-sharing system.

Under existing federal law, non-commercial pilots and passengers are allowed to share costs if they are traveling for a common purpose. Additionally, while pilots are not allowed to seek compensation for carrying passengers, they are permitted to communicate opportunities for cost-sharing through word of mouth and physical bulletin boards.

Flytenow simply attempted to move these bulletin boards to the internet. However, the FAA deemed this move unacceptable and required pilots to obtain commercial licenses, essentially shutting the service down.

TechFreedom is correct in asserting that, “The lower court has placed a major obstacle in the way of innovation in both the sharing economy and the flight industry, and the Supreme Court has an obligation to remove that obstacle.”

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