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Unintended Consequences

Government regulation of airlines, intended to make life easier for passengers, has actually made things worse. Who could have predicted this?

2 Responses to “Unintended Consequences”

  1. Alex says:

    I’d still rather have my flight cancelled than be trapped on a plane for hours on end. Why shouldn’t the airlines be punished for holding people in planes against their will? They’re essentially kidnapping people.

    • Bitter says:

      What if your flight would be taking off after 3 hours and 5 minutes, but at 2 hours and 50 minutes, the captain turns it around to be cancelled? You could have waited 15 minutes more, but instead you’ll wait for 8-12 hours as they try to rebook you or reschedule another flight.

      Those highly publicized cases of many hours on board a plane are exceptionally rare. At least a few times, it’s been the fault of the government rather than the airlines. I think the last time an airline kept people on board for many hours, it was because the bureaucrats had gone home for the evening and wouldn’t come back to process people through Customs. They were ordered to stay on the plane. Why should the airline have to pay for government incompetence?

      Did you read any of the reasons the 4 flights that were delayed beyond 3 hours? Weather was beyond their control, and in at least one case, the government refused to let the plane come back because ground crews couldn’t get out there. Explain again, why should the airlines have to pay?

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