Minnesota's leading newspaper says that following a recent tarmac delay in Rochester, Minn., "the long-simmering dispute over airline passenger rights appears to be reaching a boil." The paper notes that several trade groups now support federal limits on tarmac delays, and politicians are becoming more vocal. But the Air Transport Association continues to stress that a federal statute is "not a solution to the problem we face today." Noting the logistical challenges of deplaning delayed passengers, an ATA spokesman says a new law "will mean more flight delays. It will mean more flight cancellations. It will mean stranded passengers, children, pets."
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