- Planes must return to the terminal if the delay exceeds three hours.
- Requires airlines to display on their web site the flight delay information for each domestic flight they operate.
- Requires air carriers to adopt contingency plans for lengthy tarmac delays and to publish those plans on their web sites.
- Carriers are required to provide adequate food and potable drinking water for passengers within two hours of the aircraft being delayed on the tarmac and to maintain operable lavatories and, if necessary, provide medical attention.
History of These Rule Changes
These rule changes didn't happen because of the recent snowstorm in the northeast US last week, but because of numerous severe delay incidents over the last several years, including an August 2009 event where Continental Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines and Mesaba Airlines were fined a total of $175,000 for stranding passengers on an aircraft for nearly six hours.
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Delays of Three Hours or Longer from January to August 2009
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