Passengers on several JetBlue airplanes and one American Airline airplane said that they were stranded on the airport tarmac for 7 hours or more this past weekend after being diverted from New York area airports on Saturday to Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Conn.
It was just last year that the Department of Transportation implemented a regulation that fines airlines for holding domestic flights on the tarmac for more than 3 hours. This year, the rule was extended to apply to international flights that are held on the tarmac for more than 4 hours. There is only one problem with this regulation - The Department of Transportation often does not enforce the fines to their full extent unless delays are extreme. I don't know about you but 7 hours sounds extreme to me.
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