Columnist Joe Sharkey says that tough federal rules that went into effect a year ago have nearly eliminated tarmac strandings, which airlines correctly noted accounted for an infinitesimal percentage of the estimated 10 million flights a year. ATA President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio argued airlines did not need federal intervention and they policed themselves. "As the DOT statistics demonstrate, airlines already have made many service improvements, and many of the regulations formalize procedures already in place."

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