First off, consider the source and the tone of the article.http://consumerist.com/5035170/whin...forcing-them-to-fly-uncomfortably-low-on-fuel
Just wanted to know if this is really true?
At the end of the day, fuel = weight, weight = money. If there is "excess fuel" you'll burn more than necessary. That being said, you'll burn way more if you have to divert for fuel rather than hold for 30 minutes.Well first thing is that the captain has final authority and if he thinks the plane doesn't have enough fuel then he doesn't have to go.
What they are talking about is extra fuel captains usually put on board, "uh oh" fuel. This is on top of the total amount required for the flight (with alternative plus reserves).