05/25/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

DOT Tells Airlines To Report Tarmac Delays Fully

The Department of Transportation said on Friday that it would require airlines to give fuller accountings about what has become a bane of modern air travel -- delays on the tarmac -- and is taking several steps to reduce delays around New York City.

Noting that in the past airlines did not always have to disclose how long their aircraft were delayed after leaving the gate, Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters said the lines would now have to provide "complete on-time and tarmac-delay data," about flights that are canceled after leaving the gate and flights that are diverted to another airport.

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