Aspen airplane delay was sensationalized by media
A friend passed along the article by Pitkin County correspondent Joel Stonington, “Aspen passengers sing the Delta blues” (SDN Feb. 21), and I was apalled by the singularly bad reporting. In brief, he glosses over the real reason for the delay of the flight, which was not operated by Delta but by SkyWest (which incidentally operated the “United flights” observed leaving for Denver). Federal Air Traffic Controllers were limiting arrivals into Salt Lake City due to weather in Utah. This obviously had nothing to do with flights to Denver. Passengers were allowed to wait in the terminal for part of the time, and in addition to the generous travel voucher (which airlines rarely give for weather delays), Ms. Vance received a free first-class upgrade and ground transportation to her home. If she truly will never fly Delta again, perhaps Ms. Vance should donate her voucher to a soldier returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. And perhaps Mr. Stonington will check his facts.
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