U.S. Depart Of Transportation Fines Allegiant Air $225,000 For Cabin Temperature & Tarmac Delay Violations

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U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a consent order and fined Allegiant Air for $225,000 due to multiple violations in 2016 & 2017.

Allegiant Air

The airline apparently didn’t have proper tarmac contingency plan in place and temperatures in many aircraft had become very unpleasant (read HOT). The airline had not (at least one instance) provided required complimentary refreshments due to delay and made an announcement that passengers could disembark.

Here are the affected flights:

Allegiant Tarmac Delays

Here’s the consent order:

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Conclusion

Allegiant Air is based in Nevada and is one of those few remaining independent airlines in the United States.

You have to be careful, however, if you choose to fly with them because I don’t believe that they have any interline agreements in place and many of their destinations are only served few times a week. Delay may not be hours but days in case of cancellation of a flight.

Let’s hope that they can keep the airplanes better cooled in case of delays now that they have mostly transformed to these newer A320’s from Airbus instead of those very old MD80’s.

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