First Airline is Fined for Stranding Passengers on Tarmac

Posted on November 15, 2011 at 10:29am by

Today we stray just slightly from the topic of bankruptcy to focus on an airline that might be headed for bankruptcy. But today’s story isn’t about bankruptcy, its about an historic ruling just handed down form the U.S. Department of Transportation. Under the guidelines of a new rule put in place in April 2010, which states that an airline may not keep passengers on a a delayed flight for more than three hours on a domestic flight, American Airlines is being fined nearly a Million dollars for an occurrence back in May in Chicago. This ruling comes amid fears that American Airlines may be headed for bankruptcy. Yet can consumers win with this new get-tough policy or will it lead to an increased number of flight cancellations to avoid such delays? Continue reading about the ruling here in the Times.