After getting diverted to Denver this past weekend, all I can say is "hear hear!"

After getting diverted to Denver last weekend when I was supposed to be flying to Pierre, I don't have a bit of sympathy for the airlines - and I'm glad to see what can only be divine convergence in Senator John Thune's announcement of legislation forcing airlines to post their performance on delays and other problems:
Sen. John Thune says he wants to do something about the inconveniences and annoyances sometimes experienced by airline travelers. Thune has introduced legislation in Congress to give travelers more information about airline problems.

and...

His legislation would make airlines publish their performance statistics — such as the percentage of on-time departures and delays for each passenger flight.
Read it all here in the Rapid City Journal.

Comments

Anonymous said…
You've received countless $29 flights between Pierre and Brookings and are now complaining about one inconvenience?
lexrex said…
all i can say is, "government, mind your own business."
Anonymous said…
This is so typical for Pat. Endless moaning about the big government nanny state ... except when he's got a dog in the fight.

The inconsistency is excusable. The fact that he is oblivious to it is not.
lexrex said…
yeah, pat. first it's shots for your daughters and now airline performance reports. anything else you want the government to pick up for ya?

keep the faith, brother. we need ya.

"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."
Anonymous said…
Maybe Thune can tie his bill idea in with one requiring banks to post on their doors what percentage of their local deposits are invested locally.

Thune's bill on airline performance would not be particularly helpful where there is only one airline available...unless he has a plan that includes bus and train service.
Anonymous said…
What real effect would this have? Will this really change how the airlines do business in a positive way? I doubt it. Let the private sector take care of this. Maybe PP should start a website to track late flights and charge for the information.
Anonymous said…
Does Thune require the airlines to have booster seats for passengers up to 8 years old?
Stacie said…
I'm a South Dakotan living in Washington, DC and happen to have saw Senator Thune at the airport on Friday afternoon. Funny how while he is introducing new legislation, he's unable to follow those regulations currently in place.

While struggling to understand the flight departure board (I almost felt bad, he was so frustrated and confused).. he walked a good 20 feet from his bags. Even after a security guard confronted him about it, he made very little effort to rectify the situation.

And to think... people in our state actually voted for him...
Anonymous said…
Stacie, when you are at one with God the rules of mere mortals don't applt to you. I'm sure you understand that, living in Washington DC and all.
Anonymous said…
Stacie, you are a snivelling little B. Any chance you're a flaming democrat?

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