The U.S. DOT Fines Qantas $90,000

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Australian carrier, Qantas, $90,000 for violating federal rules in March 2013. The airline failed to inform passengers on a delayed aircraft at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport that they had the opportunity to leave the plane as it sat at the gate for an extended period of time with the door open.  The Qantas flight 008 was scheduled to depart from the airport at 10.00pm local time but was later cancelled after a third mechanical alert; passengers disembarked at 3.05am. “Airlines may not leave passengers stranded indefinitely aboard an aircraft, whether on the tarmac or at the gate, and passengers have a right to know if they are able to leave the plane,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

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