Airlines told to limit plane’s time on tarmac

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Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, said such legislation is still needed because a future administration could overturn the rules.

“As good as this rule is, it doesn’t give passengers permanent protection,” Mrs. Boxer said.

Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, Maine Republican who co-authored such a bill with Mrs. Boxer, said the administration’s action is “a strong step forward towards protecting the rights of the flying public.”

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