American Airlines has been fined $1.6 million for forcing passengers to wait too long on the tarmac.
But American Airlines will only pay $695,000.
Most of the airline’s tarmac delays are the result of 20 of its planes being grounded during a 2013 blizzard that hit Charlotte, North Carolina.
Federal rules don’t allow domestic flights to stay on the tarmac for more than three hours without at least giving passengers a chance to leave the plane.
The Department of Transportation called the fine “the highest amount assessed against an airline for violating the tarmac delay rule.”
The DOT, however, also said that $602,000 of the fine “will be credited to American for compensation provided to passengers on the affected flights.”
It said another $303,000 “will be credited to American” for acquiring and maintaining a new surveillance system at the Charlotte and Dallas-Fort Worth airports.
“The remaining amount ($695,000) will be paid to DOT,” Matt Miller, a spokesman for American, said in an email.
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