Airline Fined For Lengthy Tarmac Delays

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)--An airline has been fined for lengthy tarmac delays on Christmas 2012.

The U.S. Department of Transportation fined American Eagle airlines $200,000 for delays that took place at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

An investigation revealed ten American Eagle flights experienced delays during a snow and ice storm that exceeded the three-hour time limit.

“Airline passengers have rights, and the Department of Transportation has rules in place to protect them from being stuck on a tarmac waiting hours to get off their plane," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We will continue to take enforcement action when airlines violate our tarmac delay rules.”

Any U.S. airline operating aircraft with more than 30 passenger seats are prohibited from allowing domestic flights to remain on the tarmac for more than three hours without allowing passengers the opportunity to leave the plane.

The airline was fined $900,000 in 2011 for lengthy tarmac delays at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.