To borrow a line from Tom Petty, "the waiting is the hardest part" of air travel in U.S.
these days. According to a federal report on 2007 airline on-time performance released
Tuesday, more than 26 percent of all domestic flights were delayed last year, forcing
passengers to wait and wait and wait.
While delay statistics at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport were slightly rosier
(just 21.3 percent of flights were late), flights to our most popular destination, New York's
JFK airport, were off schedule more than 40 percent of the time.
The reasons for delays are many … air route congestion, a growing number
of flights and passengers, and outdated air traffic control technology. And
all those issues are made worse when bad weather strikes.
Have air travel hassles caused you to change your travel habits? Have you
ever filed a formal complaint over your flying experience? What to you do to
cope with delays? Are you flying less?
-- Sharon Linstedt