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United Hit with $1.1 Million Fine for Flight Delays

United Airlines has been fined $1.1 million by the Department of Transportation for more than a dozen lengthy flight delays on the same day at O’Hare International Airport last year.

It's the largest fine assessed by the government since a rule aiming to limit long delays went into effect in 2010. Still, it’s far less than the maximum. Under the rule, airlines can be fined up to $27,500 per passenger if a flight is stuck for more than three hours.

The 13 affected United flights were all stuck on the tarmac on July 13, 2012, a day that severe thunderstorms and lightning hit the Chicago area. The storms caused massive traffic disruptions at the airport.

Source: Chicago Tribune. Read full article. (link)

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  • Steve G||

    I'm sure some of that money will get back to the passengers...

  • Sevo||

    Much easier solution:
    Turn the damn airport gates open to other carriers and let United go bust from lack of customers.
    You really want to be late for the next flight? Fly United!

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