Compared to this month last year, the number of domestic airline seats have decreased by 5 percent. That is equal to 3.9 million airline seats, or an average of 126,000 seats each day, that aren't available this December that were last December. The airlines reduce the number of seats to help cut expenses and give them more control over pricing. The article states that the U.S. airlines have lost in the past four years a total of $32.3 billion, and the airlines are predicted to lose $10 billion this year. The capacity reduction will no doubt cause the price for a seat to increase, in the end producing more revenue for the airlines. If the airlines are decreasing their quantity of output, they are obviously trying to increase their profit. Do you think that if the airlines continue to lose money, they will go through a short-term shut-down? Could the airlines eventually have seasonal flights?