About three years ago there was a fatal crash of a commuter plane about 75 miles away. Blame for the crash was placed on pilot fatigue since it was later determined that neither pilot has spent the previous night in a bed.
It has taken THREE years for the government to come up with new regulations to prevent pilot fatigue. Not only did it take three years to come up with the new rules, but the airlines have two years to adapt to them. Too long in my opinion.
Although the FAA has been urged by safety advocates for over two decades to make these types of changes, it took an accident where 50 people died to finally get airlines and pilot unions to agree.
You can read the entire store here: New FAA rules to help end flying while sleepy