American Eagle, a regional subsidiary of American Airlines, received a $200,000 fine Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) for several lengthy tarmac delays from December 2012.
DoT's aviation enforcement office found that on Dec. 25, 2012, 10 different American Eagles flights experienced tarmac delays of three hours or more at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. The delays occurred during a snow and ice storm at the airport.
DoT said American Eagle violated its rule that requires domestic airlines to give passengers the opportunity to leave the plane if it remains on the tarmac for more than three hours.
Although all 10 flights were delayed, DoT is only fining the carrier for two of the flights, because the remaining eight were found to be "exceptions to the rule."
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