American Eagle Airlines Embraer 145. By Rob Finlayson American Eagle Airlines (MQ) was fined $900,000 for lengthy tarmac delays, becoming the first carrier to be fined for a violation of the US Dept. of Transportation’s (DOT) rule, which took effect in April 2010, setting a 3-hr. limit for tarmac delays on domestic flights. It is also the largest penalty to be paid by an airline in a consumer protection case not involving civil rights violations. According to DOT, MQ on ...

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