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On The Road: Blame Weather, Not Rules, For Canceled Flights

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March 03, 2014 AT 3:16 PM
As of noon Monday, airlines had canceled about 4,900 more flights during bad weather on the East Coast. MasFlight estimated that the total cost to passengers, airlines and airports of the weather disruptions to air service in the last three months was $5.8 billion. No one claims that airlines distinguish themselves in passenger service during bad weather, and that was especially true in the worst years of the so-called tarmac strandings. In late 2006 through 2009, thousands of planes sat idle, away from the gate but unable to take off, for three, five, even 12 hours.