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Matt (formerly ML)

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NYT: Right There on the Tarmac, the Inmates Revolt
« on: August 20, 2007, 01:42:38 AM »

"Since Dec. 29, there have been hundreds of reports of passengers unable to get off parked airplanes for 6, 8 and even 12 hours. Just last weekend, for example, a Customs computer breakdown at Los Angeles International Airport stranded more than 17,000 international passengers on planes, some for more than 10 hours.":
http://tinyurl.com/24s5fx

Balko asks a couple of excellent questions:
"Seems to me that if you paid for a three-hour plane ride, and you end up stuck in a stuffy, crowded, enclosed space for four or six or ten hours with unsanitary toilets, no food or water, no temperature control, and no option to leave, you're effectively being held hostage, aren't you? Is there some clause in your ticket contract that says once you board a plane, you agree to be held there indefinitely, at the whim of the airline and government?"
http://www.theagitator.com/archives/028052.php#028052
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Re: NYT: Right There on the Tarmac, the Inmates Revolt
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2007, 07:51:44 PM »

If you don't sit still like proper cattle in the aluminum boxcar, you're obviously a terrorist. One of the federal marshalls will be by shortly to hit you with the stungun.

Thanks for flying on an American airlline!
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Re: NYT: Right There on the Tarmac, the Inmates Revolt
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2007, 11:22:17 PM »

"Since Dec. 29, there have been hundreds of reports of passengers unable to get off parked airplanes for 6, 8 and even 12 hours. Just last weekend, for example, a Customs computer breakdown at Los Angeles International Airport stranded more than 17,000 international passengers on planes, some for more than 10 hours.":
http://tinyurl.com/24s5fx

Balko asks a couple of excellent questions:
"Seems to me that if you paid for a three-hour plane ride, and you end up stuck in a stuffy, crowded, enclosed space for four or six or ten hours with unsanitary toilets, no food or water, no temperature control, and no option to leave, you're effectively being held hostage, aren't you? Is there some clause in your ticket contract that says once you board a plane, you agree to be held there indefinitely, at the whim of the airline and government?"
http://www.theagitator.com/archives/028052.php#028052


I believe there was a federal law passed regarding this issue that restricts the number of hours that an airline can keep you in a plane sitting on the ground with heavy fines and penalties  if they do not comply.

 Does anyone else know more about this for inquiring minds?? 
J. Pat Mc Elligott
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Re: NYT: Right There on the Tarmac, the Inmates Revolt
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2007, 11:02:57 PM »

If you don't sit still like proper cattle in the aluminum boxcar, you're obviously a terrorist. One of the federal marshalls will be by shortly to hit you with the stungun.

Thanks for flying on an American airlline!

I'd be willing to take the hit if it gets me off that plane! I had to wait an hour once because of stormy weather. That was waaaayyyyyyyy too long for me.
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