I am always told that data is very important. I’m not really convinced.
Sometimes, the evidence of my eyes and life experience — subjective data, you might call it — will always trump a spreadsheet, a graph, or a trumpeted startup founder.
I wonder what you would think of the sore eyes area that wants so much to make your life so much better.
When I first saw DataScalp — I know, the name doesn’t match the beauty — I wondered if the creator’s eyes and life weren’t what they could have been.
That word may prompt some to think: “Dear Lord, why?” And the site, well, looks like a forgotten concoction from the creative little time of 1997.
However DataScalp’s goal is to make your flying experience better thanks to, oh yes, data. And not the data provided by DataScalp, but by unfortunate people like you who have had a bad flight experience.
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The site provides airline cancellation results, baggage accuracy, on-time performance, and cancellation time for refunds.
But I ask you, can’t you find all this on the web? Is this information not already available? And, perhaps, most importantly, given that Americans have few real options when flying, can this data influence any human behavior?
I asked the creator of DataScalp, Dwight Harris Jr., about some of my doubts.
He told me: “This content relies on arbitrary statistics to simulate the information that airlines actually have, but they are conservative. DataScalp’s content is based on commodity resources. It’s not based on taste, like Yelp, which is flexible and doesn’t allow for quality.”
He also offered an interesting thought: “Shoppers who gravitate to good manufacturers leave an abundance of inventory for airlines, which lowers prices. So buyers through DataScalp literally affect prices unlike any other platform.”
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I wonder if that will be the case.
What about the name? Isn’t it a little bit of a rivalry?
Not for Wright Jr.: “You have scalp tickets, so DataScalp removes the ambiguity of information. Coming up with any company name and website with a name data it is extraordinarily difficult. DataScalp as a name is a godsend.”
Who am I to argue against God?
But the airlines are now united, right? At least that’s what the airlines say. After all, the Thanksgiving season seemed peaceful. I mean Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg thought so.
Ah, but Harris Jr., insists that things are about to get worse. He told me: “The only reason to fly on Thanksgiving was because of climate change, which provided a warm November. But the airlines didn’t change anything. So, when the weather gets cold, we will increase the problems that have always been there. There.”
Yes, but it’s always been like this, hasn’t it? Especially on the east coast. Nothing can change the tides of storms.
Harris Jr. he does not agree. He said: “Airlines won’t change until we get honest customer feedback that can’t be searched or hidden in one of those customer feedback forms. While DataScalp isn’t perfect, it’s ready to solve a terrible problem: Air travel. .”
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I admit that I find it hard to see how the collective thoughts of America’s angry fliers can make any difference. It never happened. Airlines know you can complain all you like, but when four flights have more than 80% seats, you have to take what you can get and be thankful you got to your destination.
Maybe this winter it will be a DataScalp trip. Hark at Harris Jr.’s dramatic tones: “Winter is coming to the airline industry. I expect December travel to be one of the worst yet.”
I think you have nothing to lose by giving your opinion on this new Reddit of the Air. And Wright Jr. he insists that his environment will change human behavior. (Yes, really.)
“I worked on Wall Street for ten years,” he told me. “I have successfully changed the behavior of companies at the highest levels. This method has been proven to work.”
But it is. Corporations are people, too, right?