The recovery operation for these cars is a complex but well-oiled machine that has already processed tens of thousands of cars and is likely to process hundreds of thousands by the end of the month. The adjusters, truck drivers, and auction lot workers will be working long days and nights in the coming weeks in order to clean up the streets of Houston and help people to move on into new transportation but the unscrupulous flippers are just getting started, so keep your eyes out for flood-repaired vehicles that will be showing up on the market shortly.
Of course, the things that make female fliers targets—taking a red-eye; sleeping on said red-eye like everyone else—are basic elements of travel that shouldn’t be off-limits to half the population. Airlines, however, have few policies in place that suggest they feel responsible for managing the risks particular to women. “I don’t believe this is being addressed, and I don’t believe it’s being addressed across the aviation industry,” Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, told me. “We have general protocols for assault on the airplane,” she says, but “the training and protocols are lacking” when it comes to sexual assault in particular.