Independent study finds more harm than good in tarmac-delay rule

07/21/2010 | USA Today · TIME (subscription required)

Two aviation consultants have issued a 113-page study showing that the DOT's three-hour cap on tarmac delays will inconvenience more passengers than it benefits. Darryl Jenkins and Joshua Marks found that airlines canceled 6,719 flights in May, a 40% increase over year-earlier figures. Over the course of a year, cancellations due to the tarmac-delay rule will inconvenience 406,000 passengers, according to the study, while the DOT has estimated that only 113,441 passengers will be spared a three-hour wait on the tarmac.

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