More than 400 JetBlue flights were canceled Monday, with another 120 flight cancellations on Tuesday, airline officials stated.
JetBlue didn't blame the weather. JetBlue didn't blame complications which come from arctic cold and huge snow falls. JetBlue didn't blame their lack of preparation. JetBlue didn't blame their failure to hire enough pilots, flight crews, and ground staff. Nope, JetBlue blamed the Government.
"In the midst of us repairing those schedules disrupted by this week's winter storms, we're facing an additional challenge as new FAA rules went into effect for crew rest," JetBlue spokeswoman Tamara Young said. "These rules further impact our ability to operate an already disrupted schedule, causing our pilots to 'time out' even sooner. As a result, additional cancellations are likely to occur as we work to reset the operation."
The FAA announced the final details of the minimum rest period for pilots in December 2011 so JetBlue had 2 years to deal with suspected problems but, why do that when instead they can just blame the FAA.
This has been the brilliant ploy of Corporations for decades. Their fuck-ups and failures are actually the fault of Government! If only the Government allowed JetBlue to fly pilots with no sleep flight after flight after flight these planes would have magically taken off on time. Damn Government Regulations!!!
And with Republicans constantly hammering their plans of Deregulation and Privatization it's only a matter of time before Republicans convene Congressional hearing to blame Obama for the Cold weather and apologize to JetBlue for interfering in their private business affairs.