The DOT needs to do what it said it was going to do, be aggressive in its enforcement and fine chronically late airlines.
According to the Seattle Times:
“The department should have fined American Airlines as much as $50,000 for operating two flights that were chronically delayed throughout the first nine months of this year, according to data analyzed by The Associated Press.
“That’s what the agency said it would do when it began investigating late flights in May. It identified 25 chronically delayed flights through the first six months of 2007, and said carriers that did not improve in the third quarter would face fines of up to $25,000 per violation.”