Column: Airlines take steps to ease tarmac delays

Airlines and airports have developed procedures to help travelers avoid long delays on the tarmac, The Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney writes. Some airports now have buses available to evacuate passengers, and carriers say they now have better systems in place to track planes on the tarmac. However, airlines note that the desire to avoid holding passengers on planes for lengthy delays has instead led to more flight cancellations and more instances of people spending long hours at the airport.

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