Trapped on a Plane on the Tarmac: New York is the Biggest Culprit
HALF OF SUPER LONG DELAYED FLIGHTS ARE IN NEW YORK AIRPORTS : JFK, LAGUARDIA, NEWARK
I recently wrote an article on passengers stuck on planes on the tarmac. According to Senator Charles Schumer, over half the flights experiencing “superlong delays” (three hours or more) were headed to or from the New York area airports (JFK, LaGuardia or Newark). In June of this year this amounted to 90 of 173 flights nationwide.
Sen. Schumer proposed a law that would require airlines to let passengers return to terminals after three hours, provide food and drinking water aboard stalled planes and keep restrooms in working order and air well ventilated. A federal law is required because a similar New York law was struck down by the courts which ruled airline travel had to be regulated by the federal government.
Until such a law is passed, passengers should not exclude the possibility of a lawsuit against the offending airline. If you have been the victim of one of these airlines and their neglect make sure to contact a qualified personal injury attorney in New York.