Monday, February 28, 2005

The Law of Unintended Consequences

One underpining of conservative political thought, is that new laws seldom solve problems so much as they cause new problems. Consider the new EU law that requires airlines to compensate passengers for delays, and how it affected the safety of one particular flight.,,2-1499342,00.html

Update: According to a BA engineer on duty at Manchester when the flight landed, there was about 9000 lbs fuel remaining - about 3% of total capacity, only a few minutes' worth at low altitude and high power. The pilot declared "Pan-Pan," the international distress phrase one step below "mayday," and remarked to ATC that a go-around was not an option due to his fuel state.