Is it worse to forget history or to remember, but repeat it? I ask because it has been nearly 13 years since a Northwest Airlines debacle in which the carrier left its passengers stranded in aircraft on the tarmac at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, grounded by a snowstorm for up to eight hours without food, drink or usable restrooms. Since then, airlines, airports, regulators, legislators and government officials seem to have talked ad nauseam about how to prevent recurrences. Yet just a ...

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