About 4 million people will be flying somewhere this weekend, so what happens if you are unlucky enough to GET stuck in a plane on the tarmac? The latest runway delay happened last month in Hartford, Connecticut, where some passengers were stuck for nearly seven hours.
The Department of Transportation is beginning to crack down on airlines, recently fining American Eagle about a million dollars for an incident back in May. But that was far less than the $16 million maximum fine.
So what should you as a passenger do if you’re stuck on the tarmac?
Kate Hanni founded flyersrights.org Hanni founded flyersrights.org after she and her family were stuck for nine hours on the tarmac in Austin, Texas.
Here are her passenger tips:
Hanni has even put together a Flyers Rights kit, which includes: adult diapers for when the toilets stop working, water tablets to make clean drinking water and a disposable camera for documenting the situation.
Hannis has also advocated for the passage of the Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights. According to her website:
The bill, which had been stalled in Congress since at least 1999, allows passengers the option of getting off delayed planes after three hours on the ground, and requires airlines to provide adequate food, water, temperature controls, ventilation and working toilets to accommodate a three hour delay.
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