Bill of Rights

22 Dec

The air passenger’s bill of rights will go into effect in the spring, imposing strict fines on air carriers who let people languish on the tarmac for hours on end.

airlines that do not provide food and water after two hours or a chance to disembark after three hours will face penalties of $27,500 a passenger,

The rules go into effect without congressional approval, but John Cole took the opportunity to quip:

Sounds good, but I’ve been told if Obama used his bully pulpit and really got in front of the issue, he could have gotten rid of airline delays completely.

9 Responses to “Bill of Rights”

  1. Mike In WNY December 22, 2009 at 10:41 am #


    Is the chosen one now going to eliminate snowstorms that cause delays? What a joke! Just like the legislation, it will cause further problems and increase costs to travelers. If a plan is queued for takeoff but can’t get off the ground for 3 hours and 5 minutes, passengers now can get off the plane and further disrupt and delay the whole queue.

    People went from wanting morality legislated to now wanting inconveniences and acts of nature legislated. This bill amounts to a poor commentary on America.

  2. Alan Bedenko December 22, 2009 at 10:59 am #

    Clearly it’s too much to ask for carriers to provide food and water to travelers stuck in a metal tube for two hours.

    • Mike In WNY December 22, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

      I have no problem with the food and water aspect as long as the airlines can charge for the food when the delay is not their fault.

      • STEEL December 22, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

        The plane does not need to get in line until they know they can take off. There is never any reason to hold someone captive for 3 and even 8 hours. It does not make sense. Get the friggin OK to take off then load the plane. Its not that hard.

  3. Mark December 22, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    The fines should start at thirty minutes. If you can’t take off, don’t put me on the plane. If airlines can’t operate profitably without treating people (passengers and employees) like trash, then the government should just take over the whole industry. Treating customers as mere means to an end is not acceptable behavior, period.

    • Mike In WNY December 22, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

      In the real world, things like snowstorms, mechanical breakdowns and other unforeseen events occur.

  4. mike hudson December 23, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    did they ban crying infants in this “bill of rights”? i’ve never been stuck on a runway for more than a half hour but have endured several cross-country flights accompanied by parents unable to control their 9-month old.

  5. Ethan December 23, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    parents unable to control their 9-month old.

    Some tough former punk rocker you are.

  6. mike hudson December 24, 2009 at 9:08 am #

    sticks and stones, ethan, sticks and stones.

    merry christmas!

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