Flying Cheap: The Crash of Continental Flight 3407

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Flying Cheap: The Crash of Continental Flight 3407

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Type: Audio/Video

Overview:

In February 2009, Continental Flight 3407 crashed outside of Buffalo, NY, killing 50 people. The flight was operated by Colgan Air, a regional airline that flies routes under contract for US Airways, United, and Continental. The crash and subsequent investigation revealed a little-known trend in the airline industry: Major airlines have outsourced more of their flights to obscure regional carriers.

In this video chapter from FRONTLINE  Flying Cheap, correspondent Miles O'Brien explores this trend and examines some of the many factors that may have contributed to the accident.

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 12
Economics
3 ) Describe different economic systems used to allocate scarce goods and services.

•  Defining command, market, and mixed economic systems
•  Describing how different economic systems answer the three basic economic questions of what to produce, how to produce, and for whom to produce
•  Evaluating how each type of system addresses private ownership, profit motive, consumer sovereignty, competition, and government regulation

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.E.AAS.12.3- Understand that economic systems answer the three basic economic questions of what to produce, how to produce, and for whom to produce; identify how the three basic economic questions are answered in a mixed market economy.
SS.E.AAS.12.3a - Identify examples of different types of economic systems.


Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 12
Economics
4 ) Describe the role of government in a market economy, including promoting and securing competition, protecting private property rights, promoting equity, providing public goods and services, resolving externalities and other market failures, and stabilizing growth in the economy.

•  Explaining how government regulation and deregulation policies affect consumers and producers

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.E.AAS.12.4- Recognize the role of the government in a market economy; recognize examples of how the government is involved in the economy.
SS.E.AAS.12.4a- Classify government activities as specific examples of the government's role in the economy.


Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 12
Economics
7 ) Describe the organization and role of business.

•  Comparing types of business firms, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations
•  Explaining the role of profit as an incentive, including short-term versus long-run decisions, for all firms
•  Describing basic characteristics of pure competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly
•  Explaining ways firms finance operations, including retained earnings, stocks, and debt, and the advantages and disadvantages of each
•  Explaining ways firms engage in price and nonprice competition
•  Recognizing the role of economic institutions, including labor unions and nonprofit organizations, in market economies

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.E.AAS.12.7- Understand the role of businesses in a market economy; recognize that businesses are important in the distribution of goods and services; recognize different business types and the goods and services they sell to consumers.


Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 12
Economics
8 ) Explain the impact of the labor market on the United States' economy.

•  Identifying regional characteristics of the labor force of the United States, including gender, race, socioeconomic background, education, age, and regional specialization
•  Explaining how supply of and demand for labor affect wages
•  Describing characteristics that are most likely to increase wage and nonwage benefits, including skill, productivity, education, occupation, and mobility
•  Explaining how unemployment and inflation impose costs on individuals and nations
•  Determining the relationship of Alabama and the United States to the global economy regarding current technological innovations and industries (Alabama)
Examples: World Wide Web, peanut industry, telecommunications industry, aerospace industry

•  Tracing the history of labor unions and methods of contract negotiation by labor and management (Alabama)

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.E.AAS.12.8- Define labor; recognize that labor is an essential part of the economic system; identify characteristics that are most likely to increase wages and benefits.


Tags: monopoly, nonwage benefits, oligopoly, productivity, profit motive, supply demand for labor wages, wage
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Author: Ginger Boyd