April 29, 2010 is not May Day, rather a sad day. A sad day in that an ill-conceived tarmac delay rule became a reality.
Legislate, regulate only serves to resuscitate bad practice. Now we will have irate at the gate. A Kate Hanni update: the mandate you helped create will only placate. Chronic late at the gate will cause the flight to terminate and thus demand to dislocate because the system cannot immediately reaccomodate.
Speechless that this rule has become reality. All the while there is talk to legislate that fees cannot be charged for carry-on luggage. Where does it stop when it comes to this industry? A real sad day when Chuck Schumer and Kate Hanni are acting as experts and are influencing rules under which this industry must operate. Really sad.
At least there might be an interesting consolidation story to think and write about. But I am sure that will be anti-consumer when the Kate Hanni love-in is pro-consumer. NOT.
It is not lost on me that the airlines themselves invited this rule to be imposed. What is lost on me is the fact that this industry is not permitted to compete with a structure that mirrors other industries competing in the global marketplace.
Much more to come.