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Rule to prevent tarmac delays backfires for airline passengers: study

Rule to prevent tarmac delays backfires for airline passengers: study

A rule intended to keep airline passengers from being stuck for long stretches on the tarmac has resulted in more delays, according to a study.

Dartmouth College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found the tarmac delay rule increased flight cancellations and ultimately the time it takes for passengers to reach their destinations.

"We found that for every minute of tarmac time being saved there is, on average, a three-minute increase in the total passenger delay," said Vikrant Vaze, an assistant professor at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering who co-authored the study.

Adopted in 2010, the Transportation Department rule requires that passengers...

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