United fined $1.1 million for tarmac delays

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  1. sobore
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    The U.S. Department of Transportation fined United Airlines $1.1 million yesterday, the largest fine assessed for a tarmac-delay violation since the rule limiting delays took effect in April 2010.

    The airline was fined for tarmac delays that took place at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on July 13, 2012, the DOT said.

    The DOT rule says U.S. airlines operating domestic flights cannot let an aircraft stay on a tarmac for more than three hours without letting passengers get off. Exceptions are allowed only for safety reasons or if the pilot is advised by air-traffic control that returning to the terminal would disrupt operations.

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    There are a few interesting bits about this one, mostly in how badly UA handled it but aso a couple quirks in the DoT rules. UA essentially admitted that they didn't implement their documented mitiagtion plan. That's bad. One of their excuses was that they would need a mechanic from the regional on board to move the RJs (11/13 incidents) without a pilot. Apparently those are not staffed in ORD. That means the mitigation plan never stood a chance. Another - more reasonable - agrument is that they shouldn't be penalized during the time the ramp was closed as having crew marshalling planes then would risk safety. Then again, even with that in play 4 of the flights would have been violations.

    Also interesting is that they get a credit back from the DoT based on comp already paid to passengers, including 2cpm on goodwill miles issued.

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