Column: More flight cancellations are due to tarmac delay rule

06/14/2011 | CNN

Columnist Brett Snyder says the Department of Transportation has been too hasty in calling the tarmac delay rule implemented last year a success. "It's true that long ground delays have disappeared, but there has been collateral damage," writes Snyder. "Canceled flights have gone up significantly, despite the DOT's claims to the contrary." Snyder continues, "There are people who need to travel and are willing to endure a long delay if the only other option is a cancellation. Some people are traveling to weddings, others to see a sick relative. There are a million reasons people travel, and when cancellations go up, those who really want to go lose that option."

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