Two months after the advent of a tough new rule limiting tarmac delays, observers are split over 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 de-plane and 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 due to the regulation.

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