The Idiocy of the Feds
We have to live with a policy sent down by DOT to not keep passengers on the runway more than 3 hours. Sometimes people say tarmac. Both are wrong.
Aircraft are on designated taxi ways when waiting for clearances to taxi and hopefully take off. Almost all of these delays are because of weather not airline incompetence. Aircraft can’t take off without the proper amount of fuel and an approved route.
The FAA could help by improving navigation technology but in my 20 years in the commercial aviation world not one project has been completed on time or on budget.
The DOT is FUBAR.