The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Air China $90,000 following a tarmac delay incident on 15 July 2012.
An Air China flight bound for Beijing was delayed at New York John F. Kennedy International airport and remained at the gate from 18:40 to 20:26 with the door open. The airline failed to make announcements every 30 minutes to passengers on the aircraft and thus violated federal rules, says the DOT.
The flight eventually departed at 22:51.
"Airline passengers have rights, including the right to be informed that they can leave a plane that is facing long delays at the gate," says US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.