Air Transport World

Fix it now.(airlines face problems forecasting weather)(Editorial)

Back in the days when most people still got their information from the local newspaper, editors had a saying: "Never foul up on a slow news day." Unfortunately, in the era of the 1,440-min. daily news cycle, every day is a slow news day because no amount of information can satisfy the appetite of the media monster technology has spawned.

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That means that when JetBlue Airways fouls up, as it did in February after a bad ice storm caused it to strand hundreds of passengers onboard its aircraft for more than six hr. and cancel 1,000 flights over the next few days, it isn't just fodder for the town crier, it is news on Fox, CNN, MSNBC, the Drudge Report and the broadcast networks for the next week or two. …

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