Here’s another example of the government tripping over its own inability to take on more work; Continental Airlines is planning on cancelling flights rather than risk upcoming federal fines. Why will the government be fining the airlines? Why in the event they fail to get their passengers off within three hours, of course. Next they’ll be fining restaurants that are late with your steak. Actually passengers at least in part have themselves to blame. Their frustration gave the government a chance to try and mess up something else. Then the Transportation Department just jumped everyone and said, “We’ll begin fining in April $27,500 per late passenger over three hours.
Associated Press writer David Koenig has posted an article titled, “Continental CEO will cancel flights before fines.”
The CEO, Jeff Smisek, said that as a result of cancelling the flights, passengers will have even more trouble getting where they want to go because there will not be as many options for rebooking a flight. Further, he indicated that it isn’t all the airline industry’s fault. He claims the government has failed to upgrade traffic control systems. I can believe that.
Airlines say passengers have the choice to wait out a delay or make a move; they have that option.
It was shocking to read that on a fully-booked medium-sized plane like a Boeing 737, fines could come close to $4 million.
So what the government’s brilliant move has done is to create fewer flights for people to take. Further they are now at odds with the airline industry forcing them into a “zero-tolerance” situation as far as flights and their timing.
The article did not deal with the issue of weather.
The reference article is not clear. Am I to believe that an airline such as Continental is responsible to the tune of $27,500 if an airport is logged in or fogged in?
I used to fly when I was in business. I hated it because frankly I am afraid of flying. I always went through O’Hare in Chicago. There were delays all the time. However I don’t ever remember an airline not taking care of me. I always got to my destination. It is true that I always allowed a whole day for travel just in case, however you have to remember that air travel is a business and they are battling a lot of problems. I wonder also if the government would count the time people were getting checked out before they got on the plane.
This is a typical government solution and as usual it takes away services.