Group pushes to have tarmac-delay penalties written into law

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    The consumer group joined a House member Monday in urging Congress to penalize airlines for lengthy tarmac delays as part of pending legislation governing the Federal Aviation Administration.

    The Transportation Department created a rule in April 2010 that threatens fines of $27,500 per passenger against any airline that leaves a plane stuck on a tarmac for more than three hours for domestic flights and four hours for international flights.

    Airlines opposed the rule, warning it would lead them to cancel more flights. The first fine of $900,000 was announced in November against American Eagle for tarmac delays at Chicago's O'Hare airport during thunderstorms the previous May.
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