Two months after the advent of a tough new rule limiting tarmac delays, observers are split regarding the rule's effect on flight cancellations. Statistics for May and June show a negligible increase in cancellations, not the huge spike airlines had projected. Instead, airlines appear to be returning to the gate with delayed flights, allowing passengers to deplane, then continuing the flight without a cancellation. Executives at United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and others have downplayed the effects of the rule, while American Airlines says about 400 flights were canceled because of the regulation.

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