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US DOT Proposes New Regulation Regarding Flight Delays

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The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has unveiled a new regulation proposal that would change how tarmac delays are handled.

According to Travel Weekly, the intention of the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) is to reduce the number of tarmac delays that are subject to enforcement and maintain essential consumer protections.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has defined an extended tarmac delay as more than three hours for domestic flights and four hours for international flights since 2016, and the new rules proposal would go a step farther.

The tarmac delay clock currently starts for flights once the aircraft door is closed, but the proposed rule would be more lenient, with airlines being able to delay the countdown if they can prove passengers had the opportunity to deplane even when the door was closed.

“We commend the Department of Transportation for proposing an improvement to its tarmac delay rule as required by the statutory requirement in the 2016 FAA Extension Act,” Airlines for America communications director Katherine Estep said in a statement.

In addition, planes stuck on airport property not controlled by the carrier will be able to request the clock be temporarily stopped until it can return to a disembarkation point. This change will ensure airlines are not punished for “delays attributed to third parties and beyond the carriers’ control.”

On the other hand, planes stuck in areas that are under the control of an airline will be considered delayed until the aircraft begins maneuvering back to the gate. While carriers have voiced their support of the new proposals, others are concerned airlines will have too much flexibility to avoid penalties for lengthy delays.

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Passengers Arrested After Violent Brawl on Plane

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Two easyJet passengers were arrested at Edinburgh Airport for a violently bloody fight on Thursday that left cabin crew and passengers distraught.

According to The Sun, the plane had been splattered with blood and some crew members were in tears.

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“It was very frightening for this to unfold in mid-air,” one witness said. “It was a violent confrontation and an area of the cabin was covered in blood. The cabin crew did a great job to try to contain it. But some were reduced to tears because of what unfolded.”

The flight landed in Edinburgh, Scotland from Copenhagen at around 1:30 in the afternoon, where the two men were quickly detained by police.

A spokesman for the airline said “We can confirm that flight EZY6980 from Copenhagen to Edinburgh was met by police on arrival as a result of two passengers on board behaving disruptively.

“EasyJet’s cabin crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

The spokesman added, “The safety and wellbeing of customers and crew is our highest priority.”

It is unclear at this time what had prompted the fight. According to a spokesman for the Scotland Police, the two men, aged 28 and 42, are charged for breach of the peace.

“A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal,” the spokesman said.

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