New tarmac rules

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

(WFLX) - Stuck and suspended: Passengers held like prisoners on planes. Now, new rules are put into place to protect you when you travel.

Transportation officials announcing new rules for U.S. carriers:

  • Once the door closes, planes have three hours to take off or must return to the gate so passengers can disembark.
  • At two hours, the airlines must provide food and water and working bathrooms.

It's welcomed news considering, in the first six months of this year, 613 planes were delayed on tarmacs for more than three hours.

Failure to comply will cost the airlines plenty fines up to $27,500 per passenger for each violation.

The airline industry says it will follow the new rules, but predicts the results will be more canceled flights and more inconvenienced passengers.

The three hour rule applies only to domestic flights. For international flights, the carrier would have to specify in advance how long they'd sit before heading back to the gate.

The new rules go into effect in four months.