New Crew Restrictions May Have Added to Flight Delays

As many cities saw thousands of flight delays and cancellations during the recent snowstorms, there may have been another factor impeding airline travel. On Saturday, new rules went into effect that govern the maximum amounts of time flight crews can work. Staff can now only serve 9 to 14 hour days, versus 16 under the old rules. Throw in delays, and it could mean the flight never leaves, even if the weather clears, the passengers are on board, and the aircraft is fueled and ready to go.

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