The airlines are under fire, with government officials demanding that delays and congestion be addressed and threatening action if they are not. Aviation consultant Mike Boyd thinks the government is itself part of the problem: "Unfortunately, instead of the DOT investigating why the FAA has failed, they are investigating the airlines, which are just trying to meet the needs of the nation," Boyd said. "It is outrageous," Boyd said. "This is a smokescreen of the worst kind."

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