With airlines coming under increasing criticism for their price hikes, I believe this piece by Patrick Smith in the Washington Post to be an important consideration for those passionate about the debate over airfares. American Samoa has had its share of infighting over the cost of flying (with Hawaiian Airlines), and it won't be long until we see the same story played out in the US Congress.
Back in the day in Tutuila, villages far away from the town area had very few vehicles owned by a few families. Those families who owned cars would charge their neighbors if they wanted to catch a ride with them to go to town. Now imagine if a politician like Governor Togiola came along in those days and tried to regulate market prices.
Today, more families own vehicles to drive themselves.