Is the Federal Government Delaying a Rule to Prevent Pilot Fatigue?

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2010 at 5:16 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2010 at 5:16 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- The families of Flight 3407 victims shocked by the potential delay of new rules affecting pilot fatigue. Senator Charles Schumer tells Eyewitness News reporter Laura Gray that it could take six months for new rules regulating pilot fatigue to take effect.
He says the federal Office of Management and Budget is slowing down the process because of the cost these rules could pose to the airlines.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) says, "OMB is being a real bureaucracy here. There is very little cost to the government to implement these rules. The cost will be to some commuter airlines, but to put safety first and avoid another 3407, of course they should do that."
Denise Hillery, sister of Flight 3407 victim Mary Pettys says, "We hope it never happens again. That's why everybody's energy and money hasn't stopped over a year. We're not going to stop until this (rule) is passed."
The OMB denies the allegations today, saying that the FAA has not proposed any rules, and there has been no formal discussion about pilot fatigue or cost.