New York senator Chuck Schumer has decided that it is time to crack down on airline food quality. Recently there has been some disclosure about the sanitary conditions of certain airline kitchens.
According to a USA Today article, current fines against health code violations are $1000 per incident. Schumer is proposing a $50,000 per incident fine.
While I'm all for clean kitchens and properly processed food, levying such stiff fines could cause an additional burden on airline catering, which in turn impacts the very people he is attempting to protect -- paying passengers.
I am surprised that the state of New York is currently going through a fiscal crisis and Schumer is worried about airline catering. Schumer has voiced his opinion on other airline issues in the past, often with no real basis other then wanting some attention, so this really shouldn't be of much surprise.