Every month, when the Transportation Department releases its latest report card, I find myself asking the same question: Why?
It only takes about five hours to fly from New York to Portland. But Delta’s flight 745 spent two more hours (392 minutes) on the tarmac on July 26, according to the DOT.
Delta lists the reason as being caused by the “air carrier” according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Here are the five most-delayed flights:
1. Delta Air Lines flight 745 from New York JFK to Portland, OR, 7/26/09 – delayed on tarmac 392 minutes
2. Continental Airlines flight 432 from Houston to New York LaGuardia, 7/29/09 – delayed on tarmac 310 minutes
3. Continental Airlines flight 1176 from Chicago O’Hare to Newark, NJ, 7/29/09 – delayed on tarmac 299 minutes
4. US Airways flight 17 from New York JFK to Phoenix, 7/26/09 – delayed on tarmac 276 minutes
5. JetBlue Airways flight 34 from New York JFK to Rochester, NY, 7/26/09 – delayed on tarmac 268 minutes
(For details on the airline industry’s tarmac delays, have a look at this helpful page from BTS.)
This shouldn’t be allowed.
I mean, is there anyone out there who thinks it’s right to keep a passengers on the tarmac for almost seven hours?
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