New Rules for Airplane Delays: A Curse or a Blessing?

May 04, 2010 1 Comment by

The Department of Transportation has put into effect new rules for airlines when a plane is stuck on a tarmac (airport runway) during a long delay, in an effort to protect passengers. These rules were designed to prevent travelers from spending more than 3 hours without food and water while departing or arriving to airports within the US.  Airlines that break these rules could receive a fine of up to $27,500 per passenger.  Bad weather, which is the main cause for delays, is not a valid exempt for airlines under the new rules.

According to airline executives, the new rules could add up to more cancellations. Airlines may be forced to cancel flights rather of delaying them.

For the most part, the new rules will be positive for travelers since now they will be able to go back to the terminal sooner, walk around, and have something to eat or drink. However, there may be situations where travelers will get stir when they get their flight cancelled and there are no later on flights available. In those cases, I think there will be more people sleeping at the airport, or staying in a nearby hotel or alternative lodging.

Rentalo’s free destination-based inquiry service that may be useful for travelers stuck in airports searching for last-minute accommodations. All they have to do is click the “INQUIRE NOW” link on any destination, complete a short inquiry form, and within minutes they can get calls and emails from owners that can pick them up from the airport and drive them to their lodge.

With bookings for summertime flights filling up quickly, the next few months will be the real test of whether the new rules will lean less misery for travelers.  Have you planned your summer vacation yet?  If not, start your planning today! Let Rentalo help you find a great place to stay for your next vacation.

 Nowadays, more and more travelers are open to consider renting fully furnished vacation homes, villas, cabins directly from owners or property management companies.  If you are looking for standard room accommodations, then reserving a room in a hotel, motel or resort is a safe way to go. Hotels, motels, and resorts are the most popular option among business travelers and people traveling alone or with large groups. However, vacation rentals are appealing to vacationers seeking great value, cost savings and privacy. Bed and breakfasts are also a great choice, specially for couples seeking romantic getaways, honeymoons, anniversary celebrations, or vacationers interested in a unique lodging experience.

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