Tarmac delay measure scheduled for Tuesday vote

07/21/2009 | Bloomberg

The Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to vote today on a controversial measure that would limit tarmac delays to three hours before passengers must be allowed to deplane. The three-hour rule "would have many unintended consequences that would increase delays, increase cancellations and add more customer inconvenience, as well as cost to the airlines," says a spokesman for the Air Transport Association, and other experts agree. "Nobody wants to keep people on the plane on the ground longer than they have to," says the head of the International Center for Air Transportation at MIT. "The problem is the logistics."

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