Letter: Next time, just cancel the flights


Our Congress sits around trying to figure out how to punish airlines when they sit on the tarmac at busy airports, longer than three hours before takeoff, no matter what caused delays.

“A fine of $27,500 will be imposed to the airline for each passenger on board.”

So here comes the big storms of late December 2010, and many airlines decided to cancel most Domestic flights, whether the snow was actually a deterrent or not.

They said they didn’t want to chance such a huge fine. Many passengers were quite upset, not being aware of our government’s greed related to the airlines.

Years ago, I boarded a flight in Boston when there was about 6 inches of snow on the wings. A crew came out, swept off all the snow, sprayed on something that melted the rest, and the plane headed for the plowed runways, and we took off. Yes it was scary, but they knew how to handle it.

With Government’s intrusion in this day and age, and huge fines as a threat, why would an airline even chance it? Since Obama was elected, the Administration and his ilk tell the Banks, and Insurance Industries how to run their business, and now the airlines have figured out a way to get around huge fines. Just cancel the flights.

Paul Lidbeck



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