Today’s featured story:
Tarmac Delay Policies: A Passenger-Centric Analysis – MIT/Dartmouth
Surprise, surprise. It turns out that the tarmac delay rule has done more harm than good. This study takes a good look at what’s happened since the rule went into effect.
If you want the CliffsNotes version, you can read this LA Times article. You’ll get the added bonus of Kate Hanni ranting about how academics know nothing and are being paid off by the airlines. Yeah, that’s it.
The big conclusions are that the limit should be extended a bit, plus the rule should be suspended after 5pm since there are so few alternatives if a flight cancels at that point. Seems like a pragmatic approach to fixing something that has never worked as it should have.
Two for the road:
Are Checked Baggage Fees Too Low? – Priceonomics
These guys took a look at bag fees and suggest that the airlines are doing it all wrong. (thanks to Matt for sending this in)
That time when we strapped an extra engine on to a jumbo – Qantas Roo Tales
It doesn’t happen often these days, but 747s are built to carry 5 engines for ferrying purposes. Qantas just had to do that to help out a stranded 747 in Johannesburg.