June 7, 2011 |
Remember those hideous incidents of airline passengers being stranded on the tarmac for nine or 10 hours without enough food or water, or a chance to get off the plane? Likely you haven't heard that story lately. In a news release Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation said that long tarmac delays have largely disappeared since a rule went into effect in April 2010 that, with rare exceptions, prohibits U.S. airlines from leaving domestic flights on the tarmac for more than three hours without letting passengers deplane.
December 25, 2009
Carriers' personal touch Re "Dad delivered for L.A.," Opinion, Dec. 22 Each morning when I walk down 22 stone steps to street level, where my copy of The Times is delivered, I am aware that my link to the newspaper isn't found on a list of editors or familiar bylines, but in the person who brings the paper to me. It's always there by 5 a.m. Sometimes I am too. Wearing my bathrobe, I move back into the house, spread the paper on...
January 5, 2008 |
Hillary Rodham Clinton may have lost to Barack Obama in the race for Iowa, but she exacted her revenge in the race out of Iowa. In the wee hours of Friday morning, Clinton's police-escorted motorcade, zipping along the dark roads between downtown Des Moines and the airport, arrived mere seconds before Obama's police-escorted motorcade at the Signature Aviation terminal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1990 |
The phone call from my editor came at 9:15 p.m. one night. "Can you catch a 9:30 plane to Phoenix?" I live about 5 miles from John Wayne Airport, and if I pushed the speed limit, I could possibly get there before the plane left, I replied. Why? No time to discuss the assignment now, the editor said: "We already made a reservation for you. Get on the plane and call us from Phoenix."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2001
Re "A Giant El Toro Park, the Will of the People," Orange County Commentary, May 6: Is Larry Agran crazy? Does he think Orange County voters will encumber themselves once they find out how much it will cost for them to finance the hundreds of millions of dollars--tearing up a fine airfield and building a park from scratch--for a facility to be used mainly for the city of Irvine? Absolutely not, especially when they can have a much-needed airport that will make money, create fine jobs and relieve us from drowning in our need for more air carrier space.
November 14, 2011 |
The U.S. Department of Transportation issued its first violation of the three-hour tarmac rule and fined American Eagle Airlines $900,000, according to a DOT statement. The airline, American Airlines' regional carrier, was singled out for keeping passengers on airplanes on 15 flights arriving at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on May 29. DOT says 608 passengers were affected by delays of up to 3 hours and 45 minutes. The tarmac delay rule, as it is nicknamed, which went into effect April 2010, says airlines with 30 or more passengers on domestic flights can't remain on the runway longer than three hours without facing fines of up to $27,000 per passenger.
December 9, 2010 |
The number of flights delayed on U.S. airport tarmacs for more than three hours dropped to zero in October, the Department of Transportation reported Tuesday. The achievement marks the first time U.S.-based airlines reported no such lengthy interruptions since the agency began tracking them in 2008. The agency reported 11 delays lasting longer than three hours in October 2009. Passenger-rights advocates attribute the result to penalties adopted last year by the Transportation Department.
September 23, 2009 |
A three-hour time limit on tarmac waits for airline passengers will soon become law, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said today at an unofficial hearing on airline passengers' rights. The Capitol Hill event drew both supporters and critics of the legislation, which would force airlines to create plans to deplane passengers after three hours and would require the carriers to provide basic services such as food and water while travelers are waiting on planes. "We're on the one-yard line today," Boxer said, telling the packed room that the long process of making the measures into law is almost over.
February 8, 1986 |
Stepping down as Haiti's "president for life," Jean-Claude Duvalier handed power to a military-led government council Friday and fled to France, setting off scenes of rejoicing and later of looting in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Duvalier, 34, said he quit after nearly 15 years to end "a nightmare of blood" brought on by a wave of mass protests against his authoritarian rule.
December 29, 2009 |
The Times' Dec. 22 editorial on the federal government's rule requiring airliners that sit on the tarmac for more than three hours to disembark passengers was surprisingly astute -- surprising because the sensible observations and conclusions that The Times expressed have been so rarely understood or articulated in this emotion-charged debate. Ever since a very few but very public events -- in December 2006, February 2007 and then one flight this past summer in Rochester, Minn. -- many have made "fixing" this problem a cause celebre.