U.S. Depart Of Transportation Fines China Eastern $247,000

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U.S. Depart of Transportation (DOT) late last week fined China Eastern $247,000 for violating the tarmac rule.

China Eastern

The airline had diverted JFK bound flight to Washington Dulles and eventually canceled it. Passengers were not allowed to deboard at the mandated 4-hour mark.

You can access the consent order here.

Here’s the order:

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Conclusion

Airlines should better ensure that they follow the DOT rules when it comes to flight delays and allowing passengers who wish to deboard at the four-hour mark.

The China Eastern claimed that it had tried to arrange deboarding, but the ground handling company in Dulles wasn’t picking up their calls. Sounds like a lousy excuse to me.

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