Hangry passengers win the day after a fine levied on Delta for not providing snacks during four flight delays.
After four multi-hour flight delays in New York and Atlanta throughout July last year, the Transportation Department has fined Delta Air Lines $90,000 for not providing passengers with snacks while they sat on the tarmac, unable to get off the plane. None of the delays lasted more than three hours with passengers stuck on the plane.
Water was distributed to the passengers during the delays, but apparently the snacks were another issue. On one of the delayed flights from New York to Madrid, snacks were in the galley but not distributed to all the passengers. One of the other delays, from Atlanta to South Carolina, sat on the tarmac for just over two hours with passengers unable to get off. Snacks were only distributed during the time the doors to the plane were open, though there wasn’t enough for everyone. On a flight from Atlanta to Maine, passengers only received water.
Delta released a statement on Friday expressing regrets for the incidents and the ways the delays were handled, as a reply to a four-page consent order as part of the fine settlement.
“As stated in the order, Delta acknowledges and regrets that the way snacks were distributed during these delays was not ideal,” Delta said in a statement reported by USA Today. “We strive to provide food and water during extended delays because that’s the level of excellent customer service we are known for and not simply because it is required by regulation.”