William J. McGee

William J. McGee is a Senior Fellow for Aviation and Travel at the American Economic Liberties Project.

McGee spent 22 years at Consumer Reports, first as the Editor of Consumer Reports Travel Letter and since 2009 as the Aviation Adviser for Advocacy, testifying before Congress numerous times on airline mergers, competition, safety, and passenger rights, as well as serving as the lone consumer advocate on Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHood’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee. In addition to a monthly travel column in USA Today that addressed a broader set of issues in the travel industry, McGee has contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Money, New York, Parents, Good Housekeeping, and many other magazines, newspapers, websites, and blogs. He is an FAA-licensed aircraft dispatcher who spent seven years in airline flight operations management and was a Flight Release Officer in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. While McGee’s recent focus has been on the airline industry, he is also well versed in other issues in the travel ecosystem, including hotels/resorts, cruise lines, car rentals, travel agencies, theme parks, travel insurance, and travel scams. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and is the author of two books, the airline industry exposé Attention All Passengers and Half the Child.

Latest Publications

NBC News: Don’t blame the weather for flight delays. Here’s who’s at fault. | Opinion

Anti-Monopoly Policies & Enforcement

January 3, 2023 — In NBC News THINK, Senior Fellow for Aviation & Travel Bill McGee explains why it’s past time to empower state AGs, lawmakers, courts & citizens to do hold lawless airlines accountable.

New York Times: It’s Time to Finally Fix Air Travel

Anti-Monopoly Policies & Enforcement

January 13, 2023 — In The New York Times, Senior Fellow for Aviation & Travel Bill McGee says it's finally time to fix the airline industry and charts the path forward.

USA Today: Don’t let the airlines fool you. Regulate their cancellations and high fares.

Anti-Monopoly Policies & Enforcement

July 21, 2022 — In USA Today, Economic Liberties’ Senior Fellow for Aviation & Travel Bill McGee lays out the causes of the current airline and travel crisis, highlighting Secretary Buttigieg’s inadequate response and arguing for rolling back federal preemption, which currently prevents state attorneys general among others from holding the airlines accountable.