1st-Ever Fine For Tarmac Delays Issued By DOT

Law360, New York (November 14, 2011, 3:40 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday slapped American Eagle Airlines Inc. with a $900,000 civil penalty for keeping passengers aboard delayed planes for more three hours — the first fine imposed under a rule limiting tarmac delays on domestic flights.

According to the regulator, American Eagle, a regional carrier affiliated with American Airlines Inc., had tarmac delays of more than three hours on 15 flights arriving at Chicago O'Hare International Airport in a single day in May.

The resulting fine was the largest penalty leveled...
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