NECESSARY ROUGHNESS? THE TURBULENT NATURE OF INDONESIA'S AIRLINE INDUSTRY

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Author: Brandon Chen
Date: Spring 2019
From: Harvard International Review(Vol. 40, Issue 2)
Publisher: Harvard International Relations Council, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 835 words
Lexile Measure: 1270L

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It has happened to all of us. You arrive at the airport en route to see relatives, take a much-needed vacation, or conduct business, but because of some unforeseeable equipment malfunction, bureaucratic error, or seemingly trivial issue, your flight is delayed and your travel is turned into a nightmare. "It would be nice," you sigh, "if the rules and regulations causing such problems were relaxed a bit."

Unfortunately, that will never be possible. Air travel in much of the developed world is one of the safest and most reliable means of transportation due to an intensive regulatory framework. From purchasing a ticket to stepping onto a plane and every step in between, air travel is closely monitored and governed by numerous bodies that ensure its safety and consistency. The annoying delays and unforgivingly stringent rules that hinder travel all have an important purpose: keeping the air safe and secure.

In Indonesia, however, air travel is a vastly different experience. The archipelagic nation lies in the middle of Southeast Asia, perhaps the most dangerous region of the world in which to fly. Indonesian budget airlines Lion Air and Adam Air have been censured extensively by both Indonesian and international air safety organizations. Such danger has culminated in multiple incidents...

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