>The New York Times
Mon, December 21, 2009 — 10:56 AM ET

U.S. Sets 3-Hour Limit on Tarmac Waits for Plane Passengers

The Transportation Department is ordering airlines to let passengers stuck in stranded airplanes exit after three hours.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Monday announced the three-hour limit and other new passenger protections long sought by consumer advocates. From January to June this year, 613 planes were delayed on tarmacs for more than three hours.

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