Among the horrors of air travel is being on a flight that is not moving. The plane simply is delayed on the tarmac and the passengers just sit. Travellers have experienced hours of such delays and they wait and wait. Finally, air travellers now have some protection. The airlines can be fined for lengthy delays:

“… No longer can airlines keep passengers sitting on the tarmac for more than three hours without incurring fines of up to $27,500 per passenger. Within two hours of a plane being delayed on the tarmac, airlines have to provide food, water and working restrooms.

After the nightmare scenario in Detroit in January 1999, Northwest undertook steps to make sure such problems wouldn’t occur again. But the U.S. Department of Transportation decided voluntary efforts by carriers weren’t enough.”

link: Airlines to pay up if fliers wait on tarmac

The fines are significant. When one considers the number of passengers that might be flying that section, the fine can total well in the millions. Perhaps such a hefty fine can start to establish better protections for the paying passenger.

Catherine Forsythe