You may have heard that airlines will soon be required to return to the gate and deplane the passengers if an aircraft is in danger of sitting on the tarmac for 3 hours or more. They'll also be required to serve food and water within 2 hours of the beginning of a delay, to keep the ventilation running and to maintain functioning restrooms throughout the delay. And DOT is planning to levy some stiff fines for infractions -- $27,500 per passenger kind of stiff!
These all sound like good things but I'm not so sure. I'm pretty sure this is going to trigger some of those unintended consequences we often hear about. I, for one, am looking forward to paying $6,000 for a coach seat from NYC to Pittsburgh.
Yeah. That'll be great.