Airlines Ordered to Let Stranded Passengers Off Planes
Under the new guidelines, passengers will no longer be forced to wait aboard a stranded flight for more than three hours.
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
This past weekend’s snowstorm on the East Coast left thousands of people stranded in airports – and on the airplanes themselves – waiting on delayed flights, an experience that left many frustrated, tired and downright mad.
However, thanks to the Obama administration, stranded travelers can now at least be reassured that they won’t have to camp out on a tarmac overnight, like the 47 passengers on an Aug. 8th Continental Express flight had to, after airport employees refused to let them off.
Under the new regulations issued by the Department of Transportation on Monday, airlines will now have to allow passengers stuck on a delayed flight to deplane after three hours, or else face a fine of $27,5000 per passenger. Dubbed as “the passenger bill of rights,” the new guidelines will hopefully prevent delayed tarmac nightmares from ever happening again. (Fox News)