The new consumer protections, finalized earlier this year, include requirements that airlines refund baggage fees if bags are lost, increase compensation provided to passengers bumped from oversold flights, and provide passengers greater protections from lengthy tarmac delays.

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The new protections will require airlines to reimburse passengers for bag fees if their bags are lost, as well as providing consumers involuntarily bumped from flights with greater compensation. The new protections also expand the current ban on lengthy tarmac delays to foreign carriers and force airlines to disclose hidden fees.

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For the second month running since the U.S. Department of Transportation introduced a new consumer rule on April 29, the largest U.S. airlines have reported drastically lower numbers of tarmac delays exceeding three hours, without reporting any increase in the rate of flight cancellations.

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Air travelers in the United States must no longer be subjected to lengthy tarmac delays on domestic flights and will enjoy additional consumer protections as a result of a new rule becoming effective on April 29.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has denied the requests of five airlines for a temporary exemption from its new rule limiting tarmac delays to three hours, after which the pilots of an aircraft must give any passenger on board the right to return to the terminal if the passenger wishes.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has adopted a new rule that it says will significantly strengthen the protections afforded to air travelers in the United States. The new rule establishes a 3-hour time limit after which U.S. airlines must allow passengers to deplane from domestic flights after waiting on board aircraft on the airport tarmac.

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In precedent-setting enforcement actions, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined three airlines for their roles in causing the passengers on board Continental Express flight CO2816 to remain on the aircraft for an unreasonable period of time at Rochester International Airport in Minnesota on August 8.

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A preliminary investigation by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) into a six-hour overnight tarmac delay at Rochester, Minnesota on August 8 by Continental Express carrier ExpressJet Airlines has found that Delta Air Lines subsidiary Mesaba Airlines was to blame ― not ExpressJet, as was widely reported.

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