US Dept. of Transportation on Monday assessed a $500,000 civil penalty against AirTran Airways "for violating rules protecting air travelers with disabilities." DOT said up to $200,000 of the airline's fine "may be used to improve its service to disabled passengers beyond what is required by law" including using up to $140,000 to "employ an automated wheelchair tracking system at AirTran's major hub airports within one year that will generate real-time ...

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