123ArticleOnline Logo
Welcome to 123ArticleOnline.com!
ALL >> Travel >> View Article

United Fined $1.1 Million For Runway Delays

By Author: Steve Robinson
Total Articles: 468

People who fly frequently in part because of so many cheap travel options, such as cheap airplane tickets, discount hotel rooms, and cheap vacation packages, will likely be pleased to learn that United Airlines has been fined a record $1.1 million for over a dozen runway delays that left passengers stuck in grounded planes for hours, in some cases without working bathrooms.

The delays occurred on July 13th, 2012 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport when severe thunderstorms and lightning caused several ramp closures.

The reason this is good news is because airline industry behavior tends to be financially motivated and now that the government is finally financially penalizing an airline for excessive runway delays, future delays will hopefully occur that much more rarely.

U.S. airlines are prohibited by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from allowing domestic flights to sit on a runway for over three hours at U.S. airports without giving fliers the opportunity to exit the plane. 13 United and United Express flights remained on the runway for more than three hours on July 13th.

Some planes were only over the limit by only a couple of minutes while others were more than an hour over the maximum time allowed. Bathrooms on two United Express flights stopped working. Over 900 passengers were affected by the delays and given no chance to deplane.

In reviewing these delays DOT observed “It is unacceptable for passengers to be stranded in planes on the tarmac for hours on end. We will continue to require airlines to adopt workable plans to protect passengers from lengthy tarmac delays and carry out these plans when necessary.”

Although United had a contingency plan for dealing with excessive runway delays, the DOT determined that the airline did not implement its plan during these delays and further that the plan was inadequate.

United claims that it attempts to prevent runway delays whenever and wherever possible. United commented “We are committed to complying with the tarmac delay regulations and we continue to improve our procedures while maintaining the safety of our customers and co-workers.”

United will only have to directly pay the government $475,000 within 30 days with the difference going to reimburse United for the $185,000 it paid to the passengers impacted by the delays and $440,000 for improvements United will make at O’Hare International Airport.

Previous to this fine, the government was either not fining airlines for runway delays or was giving out very low fines.

DOT rules state that the government can penalize the airlines up to $27,500 per passenger for airlines that violate the runway rules, which would have totaled over $25 million in this case.
www.cheapfares.com

Total Views: 69Word Count: 436See All articles From Author

Travel Articles

1. Numerous Benefits Of Hiring Dfw Airport Taxi Or Shuttle Service In Texas!
Author: Shaik Hossain

2. Guided Tours To The Magical Hobbiton From Tauranga
Author: Roger Simister

3. How To Enjoy Great Facilities With All Inclusive Holidays
Author: Daisy Wilkinson

4. Stylish Rides And Low Prices With Limousine Washington Dc
Author: Stylish rides and low prices with Limousine Washin

5. Plan Your Vacation To Luton Airport- Hire Great Britain Cars
Author: jack pero

6. Rajasthan’s Top Tourist Attractions To Visit In Summer Season
Author: Swati Jain

7. Travel The Unforgettable Experience Of Africa’s Amazing Botswana And Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Author: Ombeni African Safari

8. Top Places That Compel A Solo Explorer To Travel In India
Author: Aura Voyages

9. Latin America Tourism Is Booming And Tour Operator Offers The Best Advice To Get The Most Of It!
Author: Anna Avanesova

10. Book Your Hoi An Hotel From Us
Author: Ms. Emma Tran

11. Enjoy A Variety Of Benefits With All Inclusive Holidays
Author: Amanda Sutcliffe

12. 4 Things That You Can Only Buy In Turkey
Author: flightsnfareuk

13. Get Married In San Antonio With A Wedding Party Bus San Antonio
Author: Cheap Limo Service DC

14. 3 Quirkiest Bars In Melbourne That Are Straight Out Of Your Dreams
Author: australiae-visa

15. Wedding Guest Transportation In Phoenix Charter Bus Rental
Author: Hire Charter Bus

Login To Account
Login Email:
Password:
Forgot Password?
New User?
Sign Up Newsletter
Email Address: