(The following press release from the Department of Transportation was 
received by e-mail. The sender verified the statement.) 
Airlines Report 18 Tarmac Delays Longer than Three Hours On Domestic Flights, 
One Longer Than Four Hours on International Flights in July 
Airlines reported 18 tarmac delays of more than three hours on domestic flights 
and one tarmac delay of more than four hours on international flights in July, 
according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report 
released today.  
Sixteen of the long domestic tarmac delays took place on July 13 and involved 
flights bound for or departing from Chicago O’Hare Airport, where severe storms 
affected the area that day. All of the reported tarmac delays are under 
investigation by the Department. 
The larger U.S. airlines have been required to file complete reports on their 
long tarmac delays for domestic flights since October 2008. Under a new rule 
that took effect Aug. 23, 2011, all U.S. and foreign airlines operating at 
least one aircraft with 30 or more passenger seats must report lengthy tarmac 
delays at U.S. airports. 
Also beginning Aug. 23, 2011, carriers operating international flights may not 
allow tarmac delays at U.S. airports to last longer than four hours. There is a 
separate three-hour limit on tarmac delays involving domestic flights, which 
went into effect in April 2010. Exceptions to the time limits for both domestic 
and international flights are allowed only for safety, security, or air traffic 
control-related reasons. Severe weather could cause or exacerbate such 
The report also includes data on on-time performance, cancellations, 
chronically delayed flights, and the causes of flight delays filed with the 
Department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by the reporting 
carriers. In addition, the report contains information on mishandled baggage 
filed by consumers with the carriers and consumer service, disability, and 
discrimination complaints received by DOT’s Aviation Consumer Protection 
Division. This report also includes reports of incidents involving the loss, 
death, or injury of pets traveling by air, as required to be filed by U.S. 
A news release on the report is available at [ ]. The full report is available 
at Detailed information on flight 
delays is available at [ ]. 
Contact: Bill Mosley
Tel.: (202) 366-4570 
(rml) NY
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