Transportation Department Fines Airline for Delays

United Airlines accumulates dozens of tarmac delay violations.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it had fined United Airlines for what the Department described as “long tarmac delays.” The $1.9 million fine is the largest penalty for delays on the tarmac in the history of the DOT. The events that triggered the fines took place from December 2015 through February 2021, where 25 different flights sat on the tarmac without letting passengers deplane. 

The DOT rule disallows airlines to sit on tarmacs for over 3 hours without allowing passengers to leave the airplane. Airlines must also provide passengers with adequate food and water during the wait. In total, 3,218 people were affected by the massive delays. Exceptions are made in matters of safety or air traffic control reasons. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For officials of the Transportation Department as they seek to protect consumers.
  • For Secretary Buttigieg to look to God for guidance as he heads the department.
  • For the president’s administration as they consider improvements to air travel.

Sources: Department of Transportation


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