3-1-15. GROUND OPERATIONS RELATED TO THREE/FOUR-HOUR TARMAC RULE
When a request is made by the pilot-in-command of an aircraft to return to the ramp, gate, or alternate deplaning area due to the Three/Four-Hour Tarmac Rule:
- Provide the requested services as soon as operationally practical, or
- Advise the pilot-in-command that the requested service cannot be accommodated because it would create a significant disruption to air traffic operations.
NOTE: Facility procedures, including actions that constitute a significant disruption, vary by airport and must be identified in the facility directive pertaining to the Three/Four-Hour Tarmac Rule.
- (Identification) TAXI TO (ramp, gate, or alternate deplaning area) VIA (route).
- (Identification) EXPECT A (number) MINUTE DELAY DUE TO (ground and/or landing and/or departing) TRAFFIC,
- (Identification) UNABLE DUE TO OPERATIONAL DISRUPTION.
- DOT Rule, Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections, 14 CFR, Part 259, commonly referred to as the Three/Four-Hour Tarmac Rule.