Aeromexico Flight Delayed Six Hours at JFK
For the second time in three days, passengers were stuck on a commercial jet for hours with dwindling food and beverage – and patience – waiting for clearance to take off.
The New York Daily News reported that Aeromexico Flight 403, scheduled to leave snowy and cold John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday afternooon bound for sunny and warm Mexico City, was delayed six hours at the gate due to weather.
Technically, that did not violate U.S. Department of Transportation rules regarding international flights. The DOT enacted tarmac delay rules several years ago after lengthy weather- and mechanical-related delays that say international flights can only sit on the tarmac with passengers on board for four hours without temporarily deboarding.
Ah, but there’s the rub – the plane never left the gate and therefore did not actually reach the tarmac.
The flight was scheduled to leave at 4:45 p.m. EST and arrive in Mexico at 9:33 p.m. According to Aeromexico’s website this morning, the flight finally took off more than six hours later and landed at 3:19 a.m.
Passengers told the newspaper that they asked to get off the plane to get something to eat other than the water and peanuts they were served, but were told by flight attendants there was a chance that if they did, they might not be able to get back on the plane – or retrieve their luggage, which would have flown to Mexico City without them.
“At the 2 hour mark (a little past 7pm), we asked if we could hop off the plane to grab a bite to eat. We were told yes but there’s no guarantee we’d be able to get back on. Well, that’s not really a choice is it?” passenger Amber Laws, 34, told the Daily News.
This comes on the heels of Friday’s ordeal in which passengers on American Airlines Flight 382, a short one-hour trip from Dallas/Fort Worth to Oklahoma City, waited on the plane for nine hours due to weather and mechanical difficulties.
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