It’s not your imagination. Congress seems to be paying closer attention to travelers’ welfare.
The Halloween weekend stranding of more than 1,000 airline passengers at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn., brought the tarmac delay activists out in full force again, pushing for new laws that they claim would prevent lengthy ground delays.
From the “gotcha” fees that can double the price of your trip to being roughed up by airport screeners, there’s no shortage of issues to get mad about in the travel business.
Tarmac-delay rule gives air travelers more respect
A new study by a team of aviation consultants which claims the government's new tarmac delay rule will cost the flying public $3.9 billion during the next two decades, is making waves in the aviation industry and beyond.
Attention, airlines: The government wants to know more about your tarmac delays.
There may be reason why the first order of business in the Transportation Department's new rulemaking on passenger rights addresses the problem of tarmac delays. These rare but completely needless ground delays have been a political hotbutton, leading to previous action by the department that effectively bans airlines from keeping passengers parked on a taxiway for more than three hours.