As you can imagine, this will be very messy for International sports teams.
Nevertheless, I wouldn't have phrased it this way:
"It's obvious the U.S. Department of Transportation doesn't watch hockey."
Dude...most U.S. people, and more and more Canadians, don't watch hockey! Anyway, they seem mostly concerned about injured players who don't remain with the team for the entire charter. Well, if I break my leg, I'm probably not going to be much use on the rest of the road trip...