This Is The Reason That Flying Is Actually Slower Than It Was 20 Years Ago

If you’ve ever felt like air travel seems to take longer and longer with each trip, it may not just be in your head.

Despite faster planes, flying has actually gotten slower over the past few decades. And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with increased airport security.

The real reason is money, of course. Though it may seem counterintuitive, a plane that is flying more slowly actually burns less fuel than one zipping along at it maximum speed. Much less fuel.

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For example, JetBlue saved over $13 million in jet fuel in 2008 by adding a bit of time to its flights. How much time? Just under two minutes.

While a few minutes here and there probably isn’t enough to bother most customers, the fuel savings definitely add up for airlines. Hopefully, some of those savings will be passed along to customers in the form of cheaper fares.