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What's Happening Now

August 4, 2010 9:57 am

Enough is enough. Either you know you can get off the ground in an hour or you don’t. If in doubt, deplane. The airports are obsolete, the ATC system is at least twenty years out of date, there are too many people and too little capacity–so adjust.

August 4, 2010 10:00 am

All advertising of fares must state a total price, inclusive, without limiting in any way the generality of either or both of the foregoing or the following, of every cost, fee, charge, tax, device, scheme, gimmick and ripoff, in clearly readable type, not less than 12 point (2 point leaded), prominently in each such advertisement.

August 4, 2010 10:03 am

Baggage isn’t optional. The daytripper is a distinct minority. Fares should include one (1) checked and one carryon, subject to size and weight limits. Right now the premium is on smuggling oversized and overweight baggage and robbing other passengers of scarce storage space (ever see someone trying to jam a 30″ pullman into the overhead on an Embraer?).

August 4, 2010 10:06 am

When is a contract not a contract? When it’s in an airline contract of carriage. The rule should require every air carrier to tell all plainly and clearly, and back it up. I don’t want the government to make a one-size-fits-all mandate (they’re not so good at that). Just make the carriers tell it plainly and put it in the contract.

August 4, 2010 10:12 am

Where is the peer-reviewed study? Where is the evidence that the deathly peanut syndrome is recognized and generally accepted in the applicable scientific community? We have tons of anecdotal evidence, but this is one where hard, verifiable, replicable evidence is needed. If peanuts are life-threatening, then surely there are cost-efficient equivalents. Frankly, I avoid airlines “snacks”–they interfere with my drinking.

August 4, 2010 10:17 am

Who besides business travelers reserve at the last minute? Doesn’t every hip traveler book online and prepay with expedia or orbitz or another online service, even months in advance? If I’ve paid for a ticket on a given flight, either put me on that flight or give me adequate compensation, like food, drink and a hotel room if needed, until you can get me where I paid you to take me. As for weather delays, that is part of the business.

August 5, 2010 1:09 pm

Thank you for your comment. Do you think additional fees should be leveraged if a passenger is bumped to a next flight that causes him or her to miss an important event/connection?

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