Holiday Travelers Still Plagued by Weekend Delays

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Blizzard conditions forced airlines to cancel nearly 5,000 flights this past weekend. As of Tuesday, airport officials were still scrambling to get passengers out of the airport and to their final destination.

It could take days to serve the passengers who have been waiting in long lines, trying to make it home for the Christmas holiday.

Some airlines have added flights, but that may not be enough to recover from the storm that pounded the East Coast. And another blizzard is predicted on Christmas Eve.

However, the federal government is giving air travelers a bit of a Christmas gift.

New regulations will require airlines to give passengers food and water if a plane is stuck on the tarmac for two hours. After three hours, the pilot must return to the gate and allow passengers to get off the plane.

The new regulations will not give relief to passengers who find themselves currently stuck at the airport due to last weekend's blizzard along the East Coast. The new rules will not take affect for another four months.

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