Corporations frequently complain about government oversight but the government wouldn’t have to regulate things like this if the airlines didn’t act so damn stupid. They should know better than to hold passengers for hour after hour on a delayed flight. One would think that common sense would dictate the airlines regulate this themselves, but obviously not.
My last flight was such a nightmare it will be a long time before I consider flying again.
As for this new regulation, I think 3 hours is still too long.
It’s a common air travel nightmare: A flight is delayed for weather or some other reason, marooning a planeload of passengers on an airport taxiway.
“Everyone is hot, uncomfortable and cramped,” said Andy McCormick of Nashville, who was traveling from Reagan National Airport on Monday and recalled a long tarmac wait on a regional jet. “I remember they couldn’t get the air conditioning going well. They weren’t running beverage service. Everyone was thirsty, hungry and irate.”
On Monday, the federal government promised to change all that.
U.S. Department of Transportation regulators ordered airlines to stop the practice of holding passengers for hours on grounded airplanes. Under the new rules, airlines will have to get travelers in the air within three hours or let them off the plane. Airlines could face fines of as much as $27,500 per passenger for violations.
The new rules also say that airlines must provide adequate food and potable water for passengers within two hours of an aircraft being delayed on the tarmac. Additionally, airlines must maintain “operable lavatories” and provide passengers on delayed aircraft with necessary medical attention. The rules go into effect in about three months, officials said.