Should U.S. airlines compensate stranded fliers?

Jan 12, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: CourierPostOnline

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. travelers have suffered flight delays or cancellations from mid-December through today because of snowstorms.

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NotUAL

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Give me a break! Piss poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part. Sure, I'd agree to compensate a passenger by giving them something to eat and drink for free while sitting on the tarmac, but they can pay for their own hotel rooms, meals and phone calls. "Oh, I had to take a taxi from Newark to New York. Cost me $100 so pay up Airlines".
Kiss my ass and watch the Weather Channel and make the necessary adjustments to your travel plans, dorks!

Since: May 08

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Jan 12, 2011
 
Strand them on the tarmac for 3 plus hours and pay the government a fine. Strand them in the airport, which is the alternative the pepole chose and pay them for that too. I agree with NotUAL. You are given the chance to rebook free. Get out of dodge early. Stay home. Travel from an alternative airport. (Today JFK was virtually shut down but LGA and EWR were open, go figure.) It's bad enough I have to compensate stupiity with retention bonuses, I need to pay the pax now too.

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Jan 12, 2011
 
Perhaps it was a slow news day. People should examine the conditions of carriage. You get what you pay for.
OldCapt

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Jan 12, 2011
 
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Strand them on the tarmac for 3 plus hours and pay the government a fine. Strand them in the airport, which is the alternative the pepole chose and pay them for that too. I agree with NotUAL. You are given the chance to rebook free. Get out of dodge early. Stay home. Travel from an alternative airport.(Today JFK was virtually shut down but LGA and EWR were open, go figure.) It's bad enough I have to compensate stupiity with retention bonuses, I need to pay the pax now too.
Basically, passengers can have whatever they want. I say give everyone a free Porsche if their flight is delayed. The problem is no one is willing to pay for a ticket that would provide such insurance. Their $300 trans-con would cost $1,000 (like it used to in the "good old days"). This is typical US consumer. Everyone wants to be treated like royalty but no one wants to pay.
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Jan 12, 2011
 
Actually "confused one", it's more like you get what you ask for. These people who wanted to fine the airlines for lengthy tarmac delays are realizing the error of their ways. It doesn't take a mathematician to figure out which option the airlines are embracing; Get fined $27,500 for having a flight take the chance of being stuck on the tarmac for more than 3 hours,,,or cancelling it...
Be careful what you wish for.

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GivenuponHumanity wrote:
Actually "confused one", it's more like you get what you ask for. These people who wanted to fine the airlines for lengthy tarmac delays are realizing the error of their ways. It doesn't take a mathematician to figure out which option the airlines are embracing; Get fined $27,500 for having a flight take the chance of being stuck on the tarmac for more than 3 hours,,,or cancelling it...
Be careful what you wish for.
I agree.
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Basically, passengers can have whatever they want. I say give everyone a free Porsche if their flight is delayed. The problem is no one is willing to pay for a ticket that would provide such insurance. Their $300 trans-con would cost $1,000 (like it used to in the "good old days"). This is typical US consumer. Everyone wants to be treated like royalty but no one wants to pay.
Well said and couldn't agree with you more.
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Please when are we going to start to take responsibility for our own lives?
southUALL

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Feb 8, 2011
 
If you get stuck on the road because of snow, do you expect GM to compensate you?

C'mon, people, take some ownership for your decisions. Airlines can only be responsbile AFTER the plane departs. Go complain to the airport authority about the lousy weather.

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