JetBlue officials have asked the Department of Transportation for a delay in enforcing the new tarmac rule, effective April 29, which will allow travelers to deboard from a domestic flight that has sat on the runway for three hours. JetBlue's request affects its flights at New York's JFK Airport, where runway repairs are expected to adversely affect takeoffs throughout 2010. "Requiring JetBlue, the largest operator at JFK, to return its flights to gates for deplaning after a three-hour tarmac delay will bring added operational stress to JFK and will severely disrupt travel for thousands of its passengers," the airline said.

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