COMMENTS: GOT THE BLUES
The upshot from yesterday's jetBlue fiasco that stranded hundreds of passengers on icy runways for hours may be what ABC's Lisa Stark (subscription required) dubbed a "passenger bill of rights," new federal regulations covering flight delays and disruptions. "These incidents, although they are clearly outrageous, do not happen all that often." Congress last took up the issue in 1999, Stark recalled, when NorthWest Airlines had jetBlue-style problems. Legislators backed down when the airlines promised to self-regulate. The proposed provisions in the regulations were listed by CBS' Bob Orr: a three-hour maximum wait on the runway, notification of delays, and a guarantee of food, water and sanitary facilities.
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