Federal efforts to end lengthy tarmac delays have "backfired," according to an editorial in the Newark Star-Ledger, as airlines cancel more flights in order to avoid fines of $27,500 per passenger. The paper notes that cancellation rates soared once the rule went into effect and that passengers must sometimes wait days for re-booking. "It is now time, it seems, to reduce or eliminate the tarmac fines, and to find another way to protect passengers before this rule becomes law in 2012," concludes the paper's editorial board. "In this case, the cure is proving worse than the disease."

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