Fan-987-Logosm 35h_cbssportsrad_tampa cw44_tb

Latest News

United Airlines Fined $1.1M For Tarmac Delays

View Comments
File photo of United Airlines. (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of United Airlines. (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

News

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines will pay more than $1 million in fines for stranding passengers on 13 planes for more than three hours on the tarmac last year in Chicago.

The Transportation Department says it’s the biggest fine against an airline since 2010. That’s when new rules barred airlines from stranding passengers on the tarmac for longer than three hours without giving them the opportunity to leave the plane.

The delays involve 13 United and United Express planes at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. They happened on a day when severe thunderstorms and lightning caused several ramp closures and disrupted the movement of aircraft at O’Hare. Toilets weren’t working on two planes.

United will pay the government only $475,000. The rest of the fine will go toward steps to prevent similar events.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus