(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by The U.S. Department of Transportation and received via
e-mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.)
May 2, 2013
U.S. Department of Transportation Fines Air China for Violating
Tarmac Delay Rule
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today
said that Air China violated federal rules last July by not
making announcements every 30 minutes to passengers on an
aircraft delayed at New York’s JFK International Airport that
they had an opportunity to leave the plane as it sat at the gate
with the door open. DOT fined Air China $90,000 and ordered the
airline to cease and desist from further violations.
“Airline passengers have rights, including the right to be
informed that they can leave a plane that is facing long delays
at the gate,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
“Our tarmac rules are meant to protect passengers from being
stuck on grounded aircraft for hours on end, and we will
continue to work with airlines and airports to make sure that
travelers are treated with the respect they deserve before,
during, and after their flights.”
Air China Flight 982 was scheduled to fly from JFK to Beijing
Capital International Airport on July 15, 2012. The plane sat at
the gate from 6:40 p.m. to 8:26 p.m. with the door open, but Air
China failed to make the required announcements. The aircraft
did not take off for Beijing until 10:51 p.m.
The consent order is available on the Internet at
www.regulations.gov, docket DOT-OST-2013-0004.
Contact: Bill Mosley
Tel.: (202) 366-4570
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