With gas over $4 a gallon, everyone is looking for ways to cope. American Airlines just announced they are raising the price of domestic flights by $20 round trip. (And this is only a few short weeks since they started charging $15 for the first piece of checked luggage.)
But could it be more eco-friendly to take a commercial airliner than to drive?
It all comes down to miles per gallon per person – not something we tend to think about when deciding between a coupe and a minivan. And although an airliner may only get 2.4 gallons per nautical mile, that’s split among all the passengers. It can actually be greener to fly than to drive long distances.
Cheaper may be another story, particularly as airlines pile on the fees.
You can read how Miles O’Brien crunched the numbers and also read some tips he got about squeezing every mile out of your gas tank here.
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