Tarmac delays due to weather conditions have become unbearable for passengers being stranded on grounded planes for hours. There needs to be a storm contingency plan for all flights to follow in order to reduce tarmac delays, or at least just better communication between airports and airlines.
The FAA recommends developing a website to be used in emergencies and clearly marking diverted flights to prevent confusion among airports and air-traffic controllers, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta explains.
The U.S. tarmac-delay rule that took effect in April 2010 also expanded to non-U.S.-based airlines in August, which subjects airlines to fines of as much as $27,500 per passenger for flights that sit outside the gate for more than three hours. Since the rule has taken effect, tarmac delays of more than three hours dropped to 20, compared with 693 in the year before the rule, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
The best way to avoid tarmac delays is to stick with an executive private airport on your next private jet flight.