ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) -- At least 3,700 Northwest Airlines passengers who endured lengthy delays during a January 1999 blizzard will get checks averaging $1,300.
Wayne County Circuit Judge Daphne Means Curtis granted final approval Tuesday to a $7.15 million settlement ending a class-action passenger lawsuit over Northwest stranding thousands during the Jan. 2-4 snowstorm. Checks are to be issued by early June.
Thousands of passengers were trapped aboard 30 Northwest airplanes at Detroit Metropolitan Airport for several hours when airplanes couldn't take off and couldn't return to the gates.
Toilets overflowed, and planes ran out of food and water.
Northwest now mandates compensation if passengers are delayed more than four hours.
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