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Tarmac delays, R.I.P.? Don’t bet on it

Did the federal government just kill tarmac delays?

Now that the tarmac delay rule is “working as planned” should the government shorten the leash?

That's a question a lot of airline observers may be asking themselves after today's DOT report (PDF) that there was just one tarmac delay exceeding three hours in August 2010.

Ray LaHood: “We’re in the era of full disclosure”

In part two of their interview with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Christopher Elliott and Charlie Leocha explore the new tarmac-delay restrictions for airlines and pending rules for the disclosure of surcharges, such as baggage fees, that have spread through the airline industry.

LaHood on Spirit’s carry-on baggage fees: “We’re gonna hold the airline’s feet to the fire on this”

Spirit Airlines' decision to begin charging passengers for carry-on luggage -- and lowering some fares to a penny -- has caught the attention of the federal government, as many predicted it would. In part one of our exclusive interview with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, we talk about fees, consumer protection and the future of airline service

If traffic fatalities just hit a record low then why is Ray LaHood unhappy?

First, the good news: The government this morning announced that the number of overall traffic fatalities reported at the end of 2009 reached the lowest level since 1954, a new record.

Transportation Department steps up efforts in aviation consumer protection

Attention, air travelers: The government has your back.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood: “Amtrak runs in the fog”

Hilarious interview with Ray LaHood on The Daily Show.
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