Tarmac fines cause passengers delays in terminals
Airlines protested against the new Department of Transportation rule, which says that the fine for keeping the passengers more then three hours on the tarmac is 27,500 dollars per passenger. The fines could pile up to millions of dollars just for one flight. For example, the United Airlines flight 714 from San Francisco to Denver which was scheduled on the 26th of May had a 4 hours and 41 minutes delay because of a lightening storm and a tornado warning for the Denver area.
Although the Federal Aviation Administration had prohibited the landings on the Denver Airport and the plane had to wait in Colorado Springs for Denver to open, the airline was fined about 6.7 million dollars for the delay. The result is that there is a larger number of flight cancellations than the previous period of time.11