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Okay it was a nightmare for many travelers this past week and in the northeast.
Passengers on at least three jetBlue planes and one American Airlines planes stranded on the tarmac for more than seven hours.
And whether equipment failures both cited for the delay.
Just moments ago the Wall Street Journal quoted the Department of Transportation saying.
It's aviation consumer protection division has launched an investigation.
Into one of the jetBlue planes it was involved in one of these delay -- The Department of Transportation says is also looking into several other examples of the same thing.
Now with Thanksgiving Christmas fast approaching we -- we bring in an expert on traveling by air Rick CD is the CEO of fare -- dot com.
Rick welcome back to the show do you think jetBlue is gonna get stung with big things -- I hear that these fees can amount to more than 200000 dollars per passenger.
I that's actually 27500.
Per passenger on a plane load of people that's almost three million dollars in fines it can be lead.
Levied out in general from the entire plane you're talking about jetBlue in this case with a couple plane loads.
I think for the most part they're gonna get a jet get out of jail free card on this because of the way the -- -- That Bradley airport and in Connecticut.
-- airport just wasn't ready for these people and they didn't have anything they can do -- they didn't have enough machinery your gates or variety of assess.
My guess is though that DOT is itching to test it.
These rules when in place for three hours a little over a year ago we have -- -- four -- rule for international -- to think at least one of those flights -- national.
They're just looking for something to test this with I have not seen a fine on these rules yet.
And of course the money doesn't come back to the consumer at the end of the day that federal government just -- -- into the treasury.
She arrived right back into the general fund.
RY do -- talking about travel.
Because I want to show folks -- with your help we put together.
Some numbers about how much air travel is going up and cost take a look at this.
New York City up 20% San Francisco eighteen Orlando 14%.
What about double digit increases.
In fares out there with the smartest thing the people to do at their track trying to travel for Thanksgiving morning.
Yeah there's a handful of things they can do it and a lot of -- -- things you shouldn't do like travel.
The Wednesday before the Sunday and Monday after Thanksgiving if you could stay away from those days -- the most expensive and the busiest you're likely to get stuck and you're gonna pay more for being stuck.
Also the Monday after.
Christmas and the Monday after New Year's this year are the busiest days and have have the most cost right now.
Bottom line is you have you know fewer flights that are out there you have.
Gasoline or in this case jet fuel prices up pretty dramatically demand is really good there's no incentive to discount.
I told people two or three weeks ago start adding five dollars to your virtual airline ticket since that time we've had to airfare.
Height increases the last two weeks it's about to go to ten dollar so don't procrastinating.
-- before -- -- show where the best travel deals are -- and you put this together so this is saving big -- if you don't wanna see mom or dad or the kids.
DC to Miami 151 dollars roundtrip -- Vegas 357.
New York the -- Thomas 359 Philadelphia Bermuda at 342 there are deals right Rick.
Out there it.
-- -- -- -- -- you have to.
What you have to do is if you do with the week before Christmas that week before Christmas.
And don't visit grandma go to somewhere warm if you do those two things you can behind that did deal in that 300 -- arranged.
Going from Washington to Miami over Christmas for -- fifty bucks that's a deal.
Add as a VR right so stay away from on the that I accurate -- think about that appreciate -- -- you that are you know I think you can always send your brother over your mom's house.
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