New Tarmac Rules Meant to Make Air Travel Smoother

On Thursday, new rules will go into effect that set a three-hour time limit for airlines to keep passengers on the tarmac to take off or land. 

Secretary Ray LaHood told reporters that airlines who violate the policy do so at their own peril.  The fine could run $27,500 per passenger.

“There will be strong enforcement,” LaHood told reporters in a conference call. “I just think that has to part of our plan to make sure that passengers understand and that airlines understand we’re serious about this.”

After three hours, planes must return to a gate unless the flight’s captain decides its unsafe to do so or it would interfere with airport operations.  The rule also requires airlines to provide passengers with working toilets and, after two hours, food and water.

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