Flight delays cost billions in lost productivity

01/28/2008 | Washington Post, The

Travelers say it often takes days to recover from extensive flight delays, and Transportation Secretary Mary Peters recently estimated that flight delays cost the U.S. economy $15 billion a year. Some analysts believe the cost to passengers could be even higher, factoring in, for instance, time spent in security lines, waiting for connections and milling around baggage claim. Airlines say the nation's aging air traffic control system is responsible for many of the delays. The government is now developing a satellite-based air traffic control system that would help increase capacity.

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