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Airplane passengers prefer offset carbon fees than taxes

Airplane passengers would prefer to offset carbon taxes rather than pay a flat fee.

A study by the University of British Columbia, which was undertaken on 1,800 people in partnership with the US Environmental Defence Fund, would be happy to pay a fee to reduce their flight emissions if they know the money is directly used for carbon reduction to help combat the issues of climate change.

Study co-author, David Hardisty, said: "Taxes feel like you're charging people money for nothing, whereas an offset is the idea that, 'Sure we're paying, but we kind of have an idea where that payment is going, to make the environment better,' which is what people want."

Back in 2017, it was revealed Boeing were just one of the company's gearing up to test pilotless planes.

Mike Sinnett, Boeing's vice president of product development and a pilot himself, said: "The basic building blocks of the technology clearly are available. Boeing is looking to test the technology in a simulator this summer and use it in real aircraft from next year ... I will fly on an airplane next year some artificial intelligence that makes decisions that pilots would make."

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