American, Delta fined for long delays on airport tarmacs

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FILE – In this June 16, 2018 file photo, American Airlines aircrafts are seen at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas. American Airlines says it will stop using plastic straws and drink stirs and replace them with biodegradable alternatives. American said Tuesday, July 10, 2018, that starting this month in its airport lounges it […]

NEW YORK (AP) — The government has fined American Airlines and Delta Air Lines for several instances where passengers were stuck on planes that spent over three hours on airport tarmacs.

The Department of Transportation said Thursday it is fining American $1 million and Delta $750,000 for violating rules prohibiting tarmac delays of more than three hours for domestic flights and four hours for international trips.

The agency said that 13 flights operated by American at various U.S. airports between December 2015 and January 2017 violated its tarmac-delay rules. Delta was dinged for 11 flights between January 2017 and February 2018.

American will be credited $450,000 for compensation provided to passengers and Delta will be credited $450,000.

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