A bit of common sense regulation
Actually Europe has a lot of exceptions to this ruling. Everything considered “gods work” yes bad weather is included and things like union strikes are of higher force and the airlines can’t be made responsible for it. Just to add some clarification to the European regulation. But it at least is easy to look up and compare with one’s situation. But airlines pay if the f up - as long as the passenger asks for it and requests it.
You don't want to create a financial incentive for an airline to take off when the weather is poor. An airline can't change the weather nor can it change how its equipment responds to that weather; all you'd be doing is creating a financial incentive for them to take more risk than they currently would. As Jan notes, European / UK delay penalties don't cover weather delays.
Here in SEA airlines are regularly pushing passengers on the next flight. The official argument is that the flight is not going to happen but I think they do it opportunistic based on passenger numbers. The whole process is announced 1-2hours before flight so it’s hard to make arrangements. I basically need to treat these flights in brackets. There are obviously also no penalties for them. It’s a shady game like extra fees that are making more and more the rounds here - no comparison to what seems going on in the us - but they figured out. I just want transparency.
They auction for seats!?