Will Long Flight Delays Speed a Passenger Rights Law?

The six-hour-long stranding of passengers aboard two different flights this month—a Continental Express (CAL) regional jet diverted to Rochester, Minn., by thunderstorms and a Sun Country Airlines delay on Aug. 21 at New York's JFK International Airport—has thrust the issue of torturous takeoff delays back into the headlines and may have improved the odds for a "passenger bill of rights" bill pending in Congress.

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