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Study: Passengers see longer delays despite federal rule

It takes most air passengers more time to reach their destination despite a federal rule that penalizes airlines for stranding them onboard during lengthy tarmac delays, a Dartmouth College-Massachusetts Institute of Technology study finds.

The study includes recommendations on how to improve the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2010 Tarmac Delay Rule. It appears in the journal Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.

“Overall, the rule is estimated to have significantly increased passenger delays, especially for passengers scheduled to travel on the flights that are at risk of long tarmac delays,” Vikrant Vaze, an assistant professor at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, said in a news release.


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