This holiday weekend, the airlines will subject their passengers to more delays and miserable customer service. But it won’t be their fault, they’ll tell the news media. The airline’s trade organization, Air Transport Association (ATA), has blamed congested airspace for delays. “You can have all the concrete you want?it’s when you’re up in the air that you have a space problem,” ATA spokesman David Castelveter told The New York Times on August 26. As any pilot knows, there’s more room for aircraft in the three dimensions of airspace than the two dimensions of a limited number of runways. Read more in “Airlines are in concrete denial.” To point out the airlines’ numerous excuses, the Alliance for Aviation Across America prepared a “delay excuse checklist on this web site.”

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