The NDP has introduced a private member’s bill to better protect passengers against long delays on the tarmac.
The bill would seek to compensate passengers financially if they’re forced to endure unreasonable delays.
It would also have airlines offer passengers the option to disembark planes and then re-board if the delay exceeds 90 minutes.
During the snowstorm that hit southern Ontario on Feb. 8, passengers on a SunWing flight heading to Costa Rica were stuck on the tarmac for 13 hours.
In 2010, the United States implemented rules that included threat of a $27,500-fine per passenger for extended delays on the tarmac. Airlines operating domestic and international flights in that country have to return planes to the gate after three and fours hours, respectively.