Comtel Air flight, at a refueling stop in Vienna en route to England, demands passengers pay an extra $31,000 for fuel. Comtel Air insists it's not insolvent.
Airlines can be fined $27,500 per passenger for flights that sit on the tarmac for more than three hours. But critics say enforcement has been too soft. The JetBlue delay could be a test.
An airline passenger's lawsuit over a tarmac delay is thrown out. That makes it important for Congress to outline passenger rights, argue consumer groups.
Officials insist only a small fraction of flights have lengthy delays. But advocates urge new rights for passengers.
Airlines are resisting talk of a passenger bill of rights, saying such regulation is the purview of US government.