About those tarmac delays - Your government hard at work


Air Canada Rouge has been fined by the U.S. government for a tarmac delay. Photo: Air Canada.

Air Canada Rouge has been fined by the U.S. government for a tarmac delay. Photo: Air Canada.

Remember that 5-year-old U.S. Department of Transportation rule about tarmac delays?

I have good news. Your government is actually enforcing it. Just ask Air Canada, which was recently the subject of an "investigation" by the Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings. 

Last January, an aircraft operated by Air Canada's discount brand called Rouge diverted to Buffalo, where it spent 4 hours, 31 minutes on the ground. No one was allowed to get off, and sufficient snacks weren't given out. The airline said it was sorry. 

As you can see in the filing below, that unexpected stop was grounds for a $90,000 fine. Passengers should have been off with plane within four hours, according to U.S. rules. 

What do you think? Are you pleased the government is going after airlines?