Of all the annoying moments over the years, this one annoyed me the most by far. (By comparison, Flo winning gets just a shrug of "Stuff happens.") Flat-out quitters shouldn't get rewarded, and a 6-hour penalty is absurdly small -- waiting for the next leg's flight will wipe it out. Linda Holmes, formerly Miss Alli, has a good column about it on her NPR blog .