JetBlue facing boycott over free flights for cops to NYPD funerals

The old adage that no good deed goes unpunished seems to be coming true for JetBlue.  As Rick Moran noted yesterday:

JetBlue is offering police officers across the country free flights to New York City to attend the funerals of the two policemen murdered last week in Brooklyn.

There are some stipulations; only two flights per police department, and the flights are subject to availability.  But it's a generous gesture that will allow police departments across America to express their solidarity with their brother and sister officers in New York.

Today, as Officer Ramos is laid to rest, well over a hundred brother and sister officers who have taken advantage of the offer will be in attendance, along with thousands of others who made it to New York on their own.

But the haters are also at work.  Derek Hunter reports at the Daily Caller:

… to some, a distinct and vocal fringe who’ve been participating in left-wing anti-police protests, this humane gesture has caused anger and outrage. These progressives expressed their outrage on Twitter.

You can view the latest tweets on the subject here.

The airline has also suffered at least one bomb threat.

This reaction will only endear the airline more to the vast majority of Americans.  JetBlue has its headquarters and largest operation at JFK Airport in New York City, and this will only endear it all the more to most New Yorkers.

I confess that I was suspicious at first of this gesture as being done for PR purposes.  But according to airline industry watchers, JetBlue discreetly approached police departments in private with the offer, and it became public only when people took to social media to share with friends the generous offer.

JetBlue is a very interesting company that spotted an opportunity – an underutilized airport in the nation’s largest travel market – and applied a low-cost/high-service approach, with nicer seats, relatively low fares, and a fun atmosphere.  It succeeded so well that JFK Airport is no longer underutilized, and JetBlue’s cache of slots is very valuable.  The airline has also established itself as the largest carrier at Boston’s Logan Airport, winning a large following in that important market.  However, management is under pressure to improve profitability, which is lower than some other carriers, and we shall see if service standards remain high.

The old adage that no good deed goes unpunished seems to be coming true for JetBlue.  As Rick Moran noted yesterday:

JetBlue is offering police officers across the country free flights to New York City to attend the funerals of the two policemen murdered last week in Brooklyn.

There are some stipulations; only two flights per police department, and the flights are subject to availability.  But it's a generous gesture that will allow police departments across America to express their solidarity with their brother and sister officers in New York.

Today, as Officer Ramos is laid to rest, well over a hundred brother and sister officers who have taken advantage of the offer will be in attendance, along with thousands of others who made it to New York on their own.

But the haters are also at work.  Derek Hunter reports at the Daily Caller:

… to some, a distinct and vocal fringe who’ve been participating in left-wing anti-police protests, this humane gesture has caused anger and outrage. These progressives expressed their outrage on Twitter.

You can view the latest tweets on the subject here.

The airline has also suffered at least one bomb threat.

This reaction will only endear the airline more to the vast majority of Americans.  JetBlue has its headquarters and largest operation at JFK Airport in New York City, and this will only endear it all the more to most New Yorkers.

I confess that I was suspicious at first of this gesture as being done for PR purposes.  But according to airline industry watchers, JetBlue discreetly approached police departments in private with the offer, and it became public only when people took to social media to share with friends the generous offer.

JetBlue is a very interesting company that spotted an opportunity – an underutilized airport in the nation’s largest travel market – and applied a low-cost/high-service approach, with nicer seats, relatively low fares, and a fun atmosphere.  It succeeded so well that JFK Airport is no longer underutilized, and JetBlue’s cache of slots is very valuable.  The airline has also established itself as the largest carrier at Boston’s Logan Airport, winning a large following in that important market.  However, management is under pressure to improve profitability, which is lower than some other carriers, and we shall see if service standards remain high.