Was Alec Baldwin striking a blow for the common air traveler when he refused to stop playing Words With Friends on his smart phone while his American Airline flight was awaiting takeoff? While his actions may seem justified to some, almost half of Americans think the cell phone rule should be honored.
A Department of Transportation rule implemented in April 2010 prohibits airlines from keeping passengers sitting on a tarmac for more than three hours — a rule it says an American Airlines affiliate has since violated so frequently that it’s now been slapped with a $900,000 fine, the first such fine handed down since the edict took effect.
An American Airlines Boeing 757 with 175 passengers and six crew members went off the runway just before Noon today (12/29) in Jackson, Wyoming. No one was injured. Jackson had received about seven inches of snow since last night, and light snow was falling at the time of the accident.