Mary Hanbury, Business Insider, writes about how “[t]he introduction of new ride-sharing helicopter companies, most notably BLADE,” has made air travel to the Hamptons more convenient for Wall Streeters, but a hellscape for local residents.
Uber for helicopters? It must be inexpensive, yes? Not for the average joe, because unlike Uber, Silicon Valley apparently isn’t subsidizing every Blade ride which “costs as little as $695 for a one-way seat to the Hamptons and takes just 40 minutes to travel from Midtown Manhattan to the end of Long Island.” Just $695 for a one-way seat? It’s a veritable bargain, and no better way to loudly announce to the world that you’ve arrived. Literally.
because self-important people need their helicopters. The AP reports that “for some eastern Long Island residents, the annual arrival of the jet set also brings the thumpety-thump of helicopters and whine of airplane engines.” Why? Well, how else do you signal to the others (i.e., mere millionaires) that you’ve “arrived.” Sadly for those who live nearby, this summer may be worse than it has been. The AP explains:
Last fall, a federal appeals court struck down nighttime curfews and limits on the frequency of “noisy” flights that town officials had imposed on the East Hampton Airport, which serves as a hub for rich beachgoers zipping in from New York City and points beyond.
The court said only the Federal Aviation Administration has authority to regulate flying hours.
The town asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal, but in the meantime, some fed-up Hamptons’ residents are now saying they want the airport shut down altogether. It’s something Santa Monica, California, decided to do over similar concerns earlier this year.
For those who haven’t been exposed to the sound of a nearby helicopter, the people living in the Hamptons explain why it is so disconcerting. One resident notes that “you can almost feel them coming before you hear them.” And another adds that, “[f]irst you will feel the low-end bass, then the flop-flop noise. You can feel it in your body and it rattles your walls.”
In the end, people all along the flight path will suffer so that a handful of people can commute in style.