Tuesday, December 22, 2009
News that the government will fine airlines for leaving passengers on the tarmac is past due. What took them so long? It says something about airlines and their consideration for passengers that such a ruling has been found necessary. It also says something about the reputation of airlines and their public relations. One would think that carriers would have used common sense long ago not to keep passengers penned without food, water or a chance to deplane for hours at a time. But apparently not. That is partially why flying has become the bus lines of the air. Airlines will plead the complications they have from crew changes and schedule disruptions but none of it makes sense in the end. It is one more reason why government is necessary in the regulation of business because sometimes business cannot help itself.