USA: accuses some airlines of trapping passengers during diversions

As the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released its sixth monthly data installment for diverted commercial airline flights – flights that make unscheduled stops before they reach their final destinations, either to refuel, or because of a weather problem or some other in-flight emergency – a analysis shows that some airlines routinely denied passengers the opportunity to deplane at a diverted airport, while others almost always gave passengers the option to wait out the diversion in the comfort of an airport is lobbying Congress to adopt a rule that would allow passengers the opportunity to deplane if delayed on the ground for 3 hours or more for any reason, including flight diversions. Source:

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