And who will pay the fine? Surely the airline wouldn't dare to increase fares to cover their loss!
The proposal to have part of the fine paid back to the affected passengers seems a fair idea. It's still a loss to the airline though, and they will recover it somehow, through new fees, increased fares or reduced services. The customers will be the losers again.
A sad day indeed and I agree with all the previously mentioned sentiments; but I wonder how long it will take for the uninformed members of the press and public to call for the entire annual event to be banned.