Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Tarmac Delays at O’Hare International Airport

The U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined United Airlines $1.1 million for lengthy tarmac delays at Chicago-O’Hare International Airport in July 2012. The fine covered 13 delays exceeding 3 hours in length that took place on a day when severe thunderstorms and lightning caused several ramp closures and disrupted the movement of aircraft at O’Hare. DOT found that United did not implement its contingency plan for tarmac delays, and that the plan was inadequate to cover foreseeable weather emergencies in which there were more planes on the ground than space at gates. DOT also found that United did not contact airport personnel or other airlines for assistance during the tarmac delays and that on two United Express flights, the lavatories were inoperable during part of the delays.

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Consent Order
Contractors Involved Penalty
Patriot Team $1,100,000
Further Information Released
Consent Order 10/25/2013
DOT Press Release 10/25/2013

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database