Opinion: 3-hour tarmac rule no answer to complex problem

08/13/2009 | Forbes

MIT's Dr. Peter Belobaba and University of Michigan's Dr. Amy Cohn provide commentary in today's Forbes about why proposed legislation seeking to establish federal limits on tarmac delays may sound good to some travelers but will never work in practice. The rule won't even apply most of the time, they say, and when it is enforced, passengers with an urgent need to reach their destination will be more delayed than they were before. They write, "Let's not squander this opportunity now, settling for quick fixes based on emotion rather than analysis, but instead use this momentum to encourage a real solution."

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