Yes the airlines are at it again. This time, according to the Wall Street Journal, they are complaining about the idea that you might actually want to get off of a plane after some number of hours of sitting on a tarmac. The pendulum has swung so far to the side of the airlines that they think that they can simply bully the FAA into backing off on the meager regulations they’ve proposed. I have another idea.
With the airlines threatening to cancel flights at the first hint of trouble, I propose that the FAA institute one additional rule: when a flight is canceled, the airline responsible must rebook a passenger for a flight to his or her destination on that same day, or allow the passenger to book the next available flight to his or her destination on any airline. Just for spice, we might add something about allowing that booking to be in a higher class of service if it is the only available manner to get a passenger moving.
Still think we don’t need a real Passenger’s Bill of Rights?