Aviation: Slow Flights to Nowhere

At 6:05 p.m., an Eastern Airlines shuttle from Boston to New York rolled out onto the runway and waited for clearance. At 6:50, it received permission to take off. At 7:30, the plane was placed in a holding pattern over Hartford, Conn. At 7:45, it was switched into another pattern over Stamford, Conn., where it made lazy circles in unison with several other aircraft. At 8:40, the pilot announced that if delayed much longer, he might have to refuel in Hartford. At 9:05, the plane touched down at La Guardia and the...