Allegiant Air fined $225,000 for keeping planes too hot during tarmac delays

An Allegiant Airbus aircraft. (Photo: Allegiant)

 

Discounter Allegiant Air has been fined $225,000 by the U.S. Department of Transportation for making passengers sweat during tarmac delays in 2016 and 2017.

Regulators found that the Las Vegas-based airline “failed to provide passengers a comfortable cabin temperature” on 10 flights delayed on the tarmac at four airports.

The airports: Las Vegas; Albuquerque; El Paso, Texas; and  Dayton, Ohio. Seven of the 10 flights were in Las Vegas, where temperatures routinely stay above 100 degrees throughout the summer.

In one case, the DOT said, Allegiant also did not provide food and water to passengers during the tarmac delay or let them know they could deplane, as required by DOT rules.

The government said it based its findings on passenger complaints, crewmember statements, temperature readings, reported medical incidents, operational considerations such as the use of external cooling units or air carts during the delays,
and decisions to deplane passengers. 

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