Tarmac Delays To Be No Longer Than 3 Hours According To New Rules
New rules imposed on the U.S. airlines by the Obama administration today state that no tarmac waits can now exceed three hours for any domestic flights. Airlines will not be allowed to keep passengers on the tarmac for more than three hours without given passengers an option to deplane. Moreover, passengers have to be fed and given water within two hours of boarding. Washrooms must also be made available while waiting. And, medical help should be disposable, if necessary.
The fines for airlines that fail to abide by the new rules will be as high as $27,500 a passenger, which can amount to over $8 million for a 300-seat plane. The rule would apply to planes with more than 30 seats. The changes are expected to take effect starting in spring time -- 120 days from now.
What were people's reactions to the announcement? Here are some of the Tweets on the topic:
joejonb: What a shame the airlines couldn't regulate their own bad policy on passenger rights with excessive tarmac flight delays. Shame.