A lighter topic than we usually do here, but.... http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flig...lay-rule-exemption_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip The argument is three-fold: 1. Tarmac delays due to the weather are not our fault. 2. Tarmac delays in Philly due to overcrowding of an airport with a closed runway in NYC (and/or the weather) are not our fault. 3. Further, the airlines claim that the law will lead to more cancellations, also not their fault. But they are missing the point (several points): First, if an airport doesn't have the capacity to take off and land a certain amount of planes, schedule less flights. Yeah, it sucks that you can't utilize an airport with a closed runway at the same capacity as it had before, but if you can only take off 30 planes an hour for 15 hours (450 planes), don't schedule 500 flights a day from the airport! That's as much the fault of the people running the airports as it is the airlines, but still, the airlines are buying-into it. First, the law doesn't say you can't delay a flight, it just says you can't let it sit on the tarmac for a rediculous amount of time. Obvious solution? Let the people get off the plane! Or better yet, don't load the plane if you don't have a takeoff slot available. But that doesn't fit with how statistics for airlines are gathered - once it leaves the gate you can chalk it up as an "on time departure" even if it sits on the ground for the next 10 hours. So really, the airlines are sniveling over their own solution for weaseling their way around reliability stats. I actually happened to be in Atlanta on March 13, delayed an extra 3 hours or so waiting for my flight into Philly to leave because of the weather delay they are talking about. I sat at the closest bar for 2 hours of that, sipping overpriced beer, eating an overpriced cheeseburger and watching Illinois play themselves off the NCAA tournament bubble. I was quite content. Needless to say, if I had instead spent those 3 hours (before an hour and a half flight!) sitting on the tarmac because the airline wanted to pad their "on time departure" stats, I would have been less than thrilled.