US Dept. of Transportation's new airline consumer protection rules take effect today, the most prominent being the tarmac delay rule that prevents US airlines' domestic flights from remaining on tarmacs for more than 3 hr. without deplaning passengers. For delays of at least 2 hr., carriers must provide food and drinking water as well as maintain "operable" lavatories and "if necessary" provide medical attention. Adopted in response to a series of lengthy delays ...

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