LaHood irked over air passengers stranded on Newark bound plane
(AP) - Federal officials are looking into whether anyrules were violated when passengers on a Virgin Atlantic Airwaysflight were stranded for hours aboard a sweltering plane at aConnecticut airport without food or water.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the incident onlyreinforces his belief that passengers are entitled to "fairtreatment" when they fly.
Bad weather grounded the flight from London to Newark, N.J., atConnecticut's Bradley International Airport on Tuesday night.
A new rule puts a three-hour limit on the time that airlines cankeep passengers waiting in planes. But the rule doesn't apply toforeign airlines. LaHood recently proposed extending the limit tointernational flights.