Friday, December 21, 2007

For Barb Tombs and Other Corr Sent Flyers

Airline glitches top cause of delays

Flight delays caused by airline glitches are now creating longer passenger slowdowns than congestion in the skies, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

The data call into question a long-held notion about air travel delays — that bad weather and heavy air traffic cause the bulk of the waits that passengers endure. The newspaper's analysis shows that airline problems, such as pilot shortages, taking too long to refuel and mechanical breakdowns, are as much at the root of delays as anything else.

Where’s the “The mean old FAA won’t let our pilots go” excuse? Are my last few experiences with the airlines biasing my presentation here?

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