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I'll take issue with point #1, without going into points 2 and 3. Changing the contract between consumers and airlines may increase prices. I don't know what the airline industry's HHI index is, but I would imagine that the airlines are in some kind of oligopoly where they coordinate prices. Increasing variable costs would probably affect profits, but I don't see the connection with ticket prices. In addition, increasing prices may significantly reduce the number of tickets sold if int'l air travel is an elastic good.

Tarmac delays result in increased costs because of the fuel the airline must burn (in addition to consumer dissatisfaction). I don't think pilots or airlines get anything from tarmac delays. The regulation may foster a greater level of cooperation between airlines, air traffic controllers, and the FAA, by making the reduction of tarmac delays a greater priority. Pilots and ATC's would be encouraged to plan ahead by forecasting weather conditions as well as delays at airport taxi ways (where planes wait to take off) and runways.

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One glitch in the system is that if a plane pushes back from the gate on time......... it's an "on time departure".

Obviously, if they knew there was a line-up waiting for weather or the line itself, we'd all benefit, fuel, crew and passengers, from not pushing back and waiting on the tarmac.

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How about one ticket price for planes flown by pilots who have received their certification and experience by FAA regulation, and another ticket price for planes flown by pilots who are flying unencumbered by government bureaucracy?

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