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June 8, 2010 5:27 pm

Banning peanuts and peanut products on flights does not harm anyone and demonstrates the airlines’ (and government’s) reasonable attempt to meet the needs of those with severe peanut allergies. The airlines can’t control what passengers bring onboard, but they can try to regulate it and not have an entire flight full of people eating peanuts. An EpiPen only helps for a few minutes. I’d rather give up peanuts for a few hours than have a child lose his or her life. Is that what it is going to take to resolve this simple issue?

I teach a child with a severe peanut allergy. I can’t 100% prevent individuals from consuming peanut products and coming around the student. But, I can ban peanut products in my classroom and post huge signs on my door saying “do… more »

…not enter if you have eaten or have been exposed to peanut products”. That demonstrates my reasonable efforts to protect the student. « less
June 8, 2010 6:07 pm

Full disclosure of all fees should be clearly listed and in language that the average traveler can understand.

June 8, 2010 6:13 pm

Most travelers have luggage. It is reasonable to expect that and it should be part of the usual serviceLimited carry-on luggage and one checked bag should be free. Those with medical conditions may need to carry-on multiple medications and/or devices (ex: nebulizer), that take up room. They should not be discriminated against and charged fees for such things. I carry-on extra food and drink (bc I experienced being stuck on the tarmac for 6+ hours years ago w/o food and drink before we had cell phones where we could call the police and/or media and make it a new story as they do). Not to mention, now we are expected to buy lousy airline food onboard, I’d rather bring my own affordable healthy snacks and meals. One free checked bag also prevents discrimination against those that can’t… more »

…physically cope with carrying luggage around an airport (ex: connecting flights) and putting it in/removing it from the overhead bin. Airlines should meet the needs of their customers and not nickel and dime us to death. « less
June 8, 2010 10:50 pm

Compensation should be reasonable, but at least equal to the travelers’ actual monitary losses plus more for inconvenience. That could still be If the airlines can’t determine what is obviously reasonable, let the courts decide. Most judges aren’t stupid.

June 8, 2010 11:06 pm

I speak from experience as someone stuck on the tarmac in Austin for 6 + hours years ago, before we had cell phones and could call police or the media to make a story about it. Yes, uniform time limit on tarmac delays for all flights at all airports. The inconvenience to passengers is no different no matter what airport they are at. 3 hours is inconvenient, but perhaps acceptable and reasonable, but not a minute longer. Yes, allow passengers to deplane with security in place. Not allowing this process is simply because it would likely be more expensive than imprisoning passengers on planes for hours.

June 8, 2010 6:59 pm

Thanks for the comment Kiminno.
Kiminno brings up an interesting point that might provoke some discussion. How can the information be presented in a way that is easy for the average traveler to understand? Is the best way to use colors? bold text? italics? charts? graphs? pictures? Is there some other method that would make things easier to understand?

June 8, 2010 7:14 pm

Thanks, Kiminno. Note that the proposed regulation states that for delays longer then 2hrs, a passenger can receive compensation amounting to double the price of their ticket or up to $1300.

I understand that you think that the cap is too low, but does this doubling of the price of the ticket address your concern that non-refundable expenses should be paid for as well?

Or would you propose something like double the ticket price and expenses on top of that?

At what point, if any, do you think it becomes unfair for the airline to have to pay these expenses?

August 10, 2010 8:54 am

i agree with you kiminno the baggage fees are way out of control for international alone it is free for the 1st 2 bags checked in and then after that they start charging and i also agree that they need to meet our needs and not make us pay through our teeth and cost us a lot more money then our ticket cost us

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