Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Government Orders Airlines to Let Passengers Off Stranded Planes or Face Fines

This entire issue is "unconstitutional". First of all, there should be no way your constitutional rights fly away into the sky the minute you board a plane. Did my readers know that? Yea, you are under federal law, and the captain of the plane gets to decide what you can and cannot do. Wonderful huh?

From The AP;
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration took aim Monday at tarmac horror stories, ordering airlines to let passengers stuck in stranded airplanes get off the plane after three hours.

With its new regulations, the Transportation Department sent an unequivocal message on the eve of the busy holiday travel season: Don't hold travelers hostage to delayed flights.

"Airline passengers have rights, and these new rules will require airlines to live up to their obligation to treat their customers fairly," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.

Under the new regulations, airlines would be fined $27,500 per passenger for each violation of the three-hour limit, LaHood said.

The Air Transport Association, a trade group that represents U.S. airlines, said in a statement that carriers would comply with the new rule even though the group contends it will lead to canceled flights and greater passenger inconvenience.

If I want to get off the plane, I should be able to get off the plane. The Transportation Dept. is unconstitutional, therefore anything they mandate is unconstitutional. We want our country back!!!!
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