Posted at: 01/03/2013 6:25 AM
Updated at: 01/03/2013 8:05 AM
On the last day of 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation levied fines against two airlines that kept passengers stranded on delayed flights -- Virgin America and Copa Airlines.
That pushed the number of violations issued against airlines in 2012 to a record 49 violations totaling $3.6-million in fines.
According to a department spokesman, of those 49 violations, four were violations of the so-called tarmac delay rules.
The other two airlines fined for that violation were Pakistan Airlines and Jetblue.