American Airlines Fined $4.1 Million For Leaving Passengers Sitting On The Tarmac For Too Long

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American airlines planes

Even at its best, air travel is really only ever OK. You can always try to make it suck less by drinking alcohol, but then you have to get up and use the tiny questionably sanitary bathrooms more often. But while no one’s ever truly having the time of their lives on a commercial airline, there are plenty of things that can go wrong that make your flight miserable. Like missing your connection because your first flight got delayed. Or a storm causing thousands of flights to get canceled. Or getting stuck on the tarmac for hours while waiting to hopefully take off eventually.

Sadly, there isn’t much that can be done about storms, but the United States Department of Transportation is at least attempting to do something about that last issue. In fact, Bloomberg reports that the DOT just fined American Airlines $4.1 million for leaving passengers sitting on the tarmac for too long. It’s currently against the law to keep passengers on the tarmac for longer than three hours without returning to the gate to allow them to get off. And according to the DOT, American Airlines broke that law at least 43 times between 2018 and 2021.

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