Airlines say they shouldn’t pay for furlough-induced tarmac delays

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    If the FAA furloughs air traffic controllers and a plane full of passengers sits on the tarmac for 3 or more hours, should the Department of Transportation (DOT) ding the carrier for violating the government’s three-year-old rule against extended tarmac delays?

    The airline industry says “no” and two industry trade groups — Airlines for America (A4A) and the Regional Airline Association (RAA) — have filed a motion asking DOT to suspend the rule in the event such violations are a result of the sequestration-related furloughs that went into effect Sunday.

    “We believe granting this exemption serves the best interests of the flying public by providing airlines with the operating flexibility necessary to focus on responding to the FAA’s projected delays in ways that minimize and avoid worsening the disruption and inconvenience to our passengers,” said A4A spokesperson Katie Connell via email.

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