The Buzz: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is expected to discuss Tuesday the new tarmac delay rule that goes into effect before the end of the week. The rule, set to take effect Thursday, is designed to prevent planes on domestic routes from sitting on the tarmac for more than three hours with passengers on board. Airlines who violate the rule could face fines of up to $27,500 per passenger, the maximum allowed for violating any aviation consumer rule.
$27,500 per passenger? I could get into this in a hurry! If only I snag a piece of that fine.
However, I'm here to tell you that the flight cancellations have already begun, and I don't find it all that bad. It's certainly better than the repeated 30 minute delays, announced one after the other, until finally the flight is cancelled at 3 a.m.
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