This is an internal EU flight. EU law states that the airline has to provide food and drink for flights delayed more than 2 hours, however it is unclear how this takes place if the plane is on the runway before it is delayed for the full two hours. Ie: the plane was delayed 90 minutes before boarding, then sat ready to take off for a further hour with everyone on board, then returned to the stand. Am I entitled to anything? I'm pretty hungry.

  • Probably yes, but either way they can't serve food until you are up at cruising altitude.
    – Aganju
    Commented Jul 15, 2018 at 23:18
  • Cheers. We're taking off now so I guess I'll find out in a bit!
    – Daven
    Commented Jul 15, 2018 at 23:34
  • 1
    Rule #1 of travel - "Always have snack!"
    – Doc
    Commented Jul 16, 2018 at 1:45
  • Did you get free food? Commented Jul 17, 2018 at 10:41
  • 3
    @Doc I thought it was “always carry a towel” /s
    – RoboKaren
    Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 16:39

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The problem is that by boarding the plane, legally speaking, your flight started.

It is likely that you will arrive late. So possibly you will qualify for some amenities at your destination.

NB: There are reports that some airlines might by full purpose have passengers board knowing well that the flight will depart at all or not within a reasonable amount of time, so they will have to unboard passengers again without ever leaving. But as this breaks the 2 hours / three hours rule, no compensation, at least not in terms of meals and the like.

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