Following the disastrous news reports of stranded passengers aboard JetBlue flights, California Senator Barbara Boxer plans to introduce an “Airline Passenger’s Bill of Rights”. By adding the wording “bill of rights” to less significant issues, do we diminish what the “The Bill of Rights” actually stand for?
In a statement issued Thursday, Boxer said she has been delayed many times while traveling to and from California.
“But to keep passengers — which usually include infants and the elderly — on a plane for 11 hours in the worst of conditions is absurd,” she said. “If a plane is stuck on the tarmac or at the gate for hours, a passenger should have the right to deplane. No one should be held hostage on an aircraft when clearly they can find a way to get people off safely.” (Mercury News)
As wrong as what occurred on board these flights was, it has been a rather isolated incident when one factors in the number of flights that take place in a year. Using the word, “Crusade,” may be a bit over the top to call the movement for a “bill of rights”. Last night on Fox News Bill O’Reilly’s The Factor many have tried to skew what Michelle Malkin said and meant by being against a “Bill of Rights”. However, as well said at Balloon Juice ,“In Defence of Michelle,”we get that Bill of Rights for silly things may just be political posturing.