A good Los Angeles Times column takes a look at the comments of the Air Transport Association trade group about a proposed Department of Transportation rule that would require airlines to refund baggage fees if they lose your luggage or take too long to return it to you. The rule sounds quite reasonable to me but what do I know ? The airlines say each carrier should be allowed to determine its own policy for late or lost bags.
The second item in the column also provides more information about why United Airlines is miffed at DOT about being fined $12,000 for reporting that it may have violated the new three-hour tarmac-delay rule when it actually didn't. In this case, United's unhappiness with DOT seems reasonable to me, but as I said, what do I know?