Tarmac Delay Rule Shocker – NOT!

Back when the tarmac delay rule went into effect I predicted that this rule would fall victim to the Law of Unintended Consequences and that airlines will do the only thing they can do, they’ll cancel flights earlier or more often (that copied and pasted from an April 2010 blog post).
And so I was not in the least bit surprised to see the report from the US Government Accountability Office proclaim that our analysis has shown that the rule appears to be associated with an increased number of cancellations for thousands of additional passengers – far more than DOT initially predicted – including some who might not have experienced a tarmac delay.
I know I shouldn’t say “I told you so”, but …

One response to “Tarmac Delay Rule Shocker – NOT!”

  1. David Avatar

    You say it like it’s a bad thing! When I travel, it’s normally with young children, and if I was stuck on the tarmac for hours, with no way off, no food, water – all of the general inhumane stuff that prompted this rule to go into effect in the first place – it would lead to trouble.
    Given the choice, I’d prefer a cancellation, and I imagine most traveling with young children would, also.
    Now, that may inconvenience business travelers, but that’s not my primary concern. You’ll get over it.
    From my point of view, it’s a law of intended consequences.

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