US slaps $150,000 penalty on Pakistan International Airlines

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    Sep 19, 2012
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. government on Wednesday imposed its first fine on an international carrier for keeping passengers aboard a plane during an extended ground delay, slapping a $150,000 penalty on Pakistan International Airlines.

    The Transportation Department said the airline violated its time limit for overseas flights held on the tarmac for weather, mechanical or other problems. They must give passengers a chance to exit the aircraft after four hours in most cases.

    "Passengers deserve to be treated with respect when they fly, and DOT's tarmac delay rules were put into place to ensure that they receive that respect," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.
    PIA Flight 711 was enroute to New York's John F. Kennedy airport from Manchester, England, when diverted to Washington's Dulles airport last October 29 due to inoperable instrument landing equipment in New York, which had been hit by a surprise snowstorm.

    The plane sat on the tarmac for nearly five hours, according to transportation officials, who alleged PIA made no effort to let passengers off or ask airport officials for help.

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