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  • Thursday, August 17, 2017

  • New Tarmac Rules Enforce Travelers’ Rights

    Filed Under: Health Insurance
If you are a student planning to travel back home at the end of the semester, or perhaps planning to take a vacation or two this summer, then one of your biggest travel fears may be getting stuck on the plane during a delay. However, a new rule going into effect tomorrow could alleviate those concerns.

In the past few years, there have been stories of passengers stuck on airplanes for over 10 hours for a variety of different reasons. Airlines have typically been unflinching in wielding the authority to keep passengers on the tarmac for as long as they see fit. And without deplaning during a long delay, being stuck on a plane can be a real nightmare.

Problems with bathroom usage, crying children, and the general uncomfortable nature of airplanes are just a few of the problems that have upset passengers in these situations. But this new law will strip airlines of their ability to leave passengers on for undefined amounts of time. The maximum will now be 3 hours.

While 3 hours is still quite a long time, at least it puts a cap on the number and gives passengers a "light at the end of the tunnel." Airlines not complying with this law can be fined by the U.S. Department of Transportation. So as you prepare for your next plane trip, know that there is now a law looking out for your rights as a traveler.
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