The Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined United Airlines $1.9 million for long delays on the tarmac.
According to the department, United Airlines allowed 20 domestic and five international flights to stay on the tarmac for an “indefinite period” without passengers being allowed to leave the plane.
The department stated that this is against a federal statute.
“Under the DOT rule for tarmac delays, airlines operating aircraft with 30 or more passenger seats are prohibited from allowing their domestic flights at U.S. airports to remain on the tarmac for more than three hours and their international flights to remain on the tarmac for more than four hours. Keep the asphalt. The ministry released a statement saying that they spent hours at U.S. airports and did not give passengers the chance to get off the plane.
According to the department, this is the largest ever imposed DOT penalty.
In response to the fine, United said it is “committed to be fully compliant with all DOT rules and will continue to identify and implement improvements in how we handle difficult business conditions,” according to a statement obtained by NBC news.