Old 05-30-2010, 11:20 AM
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The class-action lawsuit against CAL you mentioned is indeed in place, but the current mechanics of liability severely limit the potential success of that suit. While it's true that Continental has been held at least tangentially liable for 3407, they have successfully managed to deflect most of the blame toward the operator of the flight. The outcry that immediately followed 3407 regarding "name on plane/ticket" vs. actual operator has predictably died down, as public outrage is a perishable resource. It's now the status quo, and while people may still not like it, there is no legislation in place or in the works that would come close to DashDriver's elegant solution. The waters are muddy enough with rest rules, pay scales, etc. that the flying public has lost interest.

As long as the cost/benefit analysis at the highest levels of airline management still works out such that the financial benefits of outsourcing without oversight justify a Colgan crash or two, you won't see any change.
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