American Airlines fined $1.6M for tarmac delays

American Airlines
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(CNN/WWLP) – American Airlines is in trouble for their flight delays. The U.S. Department of Transportation fined the airline $1.6-million on Wednesday.

The reason? American was accused of allowing dozens of domestic flights to remain on the tarmac for more than three hours without giving passengers the chance to de-plane. The federal government requires airlines to allow passengers to get off planes impacted by long delays, as well as provide enough food and water.

“Our tarmac rule is meant to prevent passengers from being trapped in aircraft on the ground for hours on end,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “We will continue to take enforcement action as necessary to ensure passengers are not kept delayed on the tarmac for lengthy periods of time.”

An investigation by DOT’s Aviation Enforcement office found that American Airlines didn’t allow passengers to de-plane on the following dates:

  • 20 flights at Charlotte International Airport on February 16, 2013
  • 6 flights at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on February 27, 2015
  • 1 flight at Shreveport Regional Airport in Louisiana on October 22, 2015

In a statement, American Airlines said it is happy the matter is resolved, and is committed to taking care of passengers.