The 18 largest airlines in the U.S. reported that no flights in October were delayed on the tarmac for more than three hours, according to the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Since April, when federal regulators imposed penalties on airlines for tarmac delays exceeding three hours, only 12 have been reported. That compares with 546 during the same period last year. But critics argue that more than 380,000 passengers have experienced flight cancellations as a result of the rule, while nearly 50,000 more were returned to the gate in order to avoid potentially devastating fines.
Published in Brief: