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America's Worst Tarmac Delays

Air Canada Vancouver

David L. Moore / Alamy

Vancouver: 12 hours

In late December 2008, Toronto-bound Air Canada Flight 156 sat idle on the tarmac in Vancouver for more than 12 hours, a delay the airline blamed on weather, fuel, and crew issues. Food and water were rationed, the air quality was stale, and there were many complaints of misinformation. When the flight finally arrived in Toronto, it was nearly 24 hours behind schedule. Air Canada offered passengers $500 vouchers for their ordeal.

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