Airline “Scare Tactics” Follow Tarmac Delay Fines – PR Newswire

Landing at Chicago, this American Eagle CRJ 700's owners are being accused of scare tactics by some. Photo: Chris Jacobs - OPShots Contributor

NAPA, Calif., Nov. 16, 2011-  In the wake of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) recent landmark decision to fine American Eagle $900,000 for the May 29th stranding of nearly 600 passengers on Chicago O’Hare’s tarmac, it appears that the airline industry has resorted to scare tactics in another attempt to halt the advance of pro-passenger reforms. According to multiple news reports, numerous commercial airlines are claiming that the threat of new fines for strandings would cause them to cancel an increased number of flights.

“The purpose for the new passenger protections, including the fines, is to create incentives for the airlines to treat passengers more fairly, not give them an excuse to punish their customers further,” said Kate Hanni, Kate Hanni, FlyersRights founder and Executive Director. “Hopefully the airlines focus their energy to comply with the new DOT rules, rather than thwart them.”

via Airline Scare Tactics Follow Tarmac Delay Fines – PR Newswire – sacbee.com.

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Chuck Slusarczyk Jr.

I started OPShots in June 2006 as a place to share and display aviation photos without the often restrictive policies of other aviation websites. I want to share my love of aviation with fellow aviation geeks and provide a spotlight on Cleveland Hopkins International airport in the process.

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