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July 30, 2010 11:07 pm

This should go without question that airlines should not be allowed to use their great judgement and keep people on airplanes. I have been on planes in excess of 3 hours and then fly the normal route. Why should airlines be given the authority to make these choices when they have proven over time they cannot.

July 30, 2010 11:09 pm

This is ridiculous. Airlines should not be allowed to oversell flights. I have seen over my many years of travel, the everyday person who travels maybe once or twice and has no status with the airlines….get bumped. They have no power and the airlines could give a damm. I once saw an airline say to a mother that you could fly but your child needs to get the next flight.

July 30, 2010 11:12 pm

I am not sure how possible this is to implement. I agree the airlines should notify, but I generally have not had a bad experience due to checking status online and using tools freely available for cell phones.

July 30, 2010 11:15 pm

This is impossible to regulate. Government should stay clear of this as it would equate to a search of bags to look for contraband. What is next? You fly with germs and people who are ill and yet nobody is restricting the airline to clean their planes and stop ill passengers from boarding international flights. People need to understand there is risk in everything and the government can’t regulate everything.

July 30, 2010 11:18 pm

I see no issue with baggage fees. I have an issue with what RyanAir is doing/trying to do and that is charging for bathroom use. Airlines need to make a profit…but the whole system is full costs that are not fully realized in ticket prices. The government should mandate price waterlines to cover costs or the airlines will cut tickets to gain passengers while neglecting their planes and their staff.

July 30, 2010 11:20 pm

This is bait and switch type advertisements. They want to bait you into their site and then low and behold your ticket at the price you thought you were going to get was not available. Southwest does this and so do all the other carriers. Taxes and fees can be substantial and needs to be included in the fare quoted in advertisements.

July 30, 2010 11:22 pm

Why can’t airlines agree on what they will do for customers when they screw up? Government needs to step up to insure proper protection of consumers from poor judgement by the airlines.

July 30, 2010 11:23 pm

When in the US airspace…all planes need to abide to the rules of the land. When you visit a country you are expected to follow the rules governing the land…this should not be any different.

July 30, 2010 11:26 pm

Why does everyone look at this is paperwork? Technology should be able to be implemented to make data available. Fighter jets already have the capacity to plug into a laptop to get readings of systems. Formula one does this as well. I see this implemented via a standard technology that uploads to computers where reports could be generated. For airlines that do not upload data and or fails audits, they are fined and could loose routes.

July 30, 2010 11:29 pm

This will bite the consumer in increased fees and put further strain on carriers….not to mention airports struggling with less planes. To me, the fees will need to be incorporated with a pricing scheme that will include a bare minimum airfare carriers need to charge. Going after volume is a risk to people and the industry.

July 31, 2010 12:04 pm

Thank you for your comment, thetravelerman. Most consumers seem to be in favor of regulating airline pricing, but little has been said about the impact this may have on airlines/airports which will eventually carry over to effect passengers. The DOT wants to know more about these potential impacts.

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