U.S. DOT Fines American Eagle $900,000 For Violation Of 3-Hour Tarmac Rule
An American Eagle airline pilot whose breath smelled of alcohol was removed from the cockpit and arrested just before liftoff in Minneapolis on Friday after FAA authorities were tipped off by TSA agents. The TSA said they became suspicious of the airline pilot because his name was Captain Morgan.
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 14: An American Eagle Airlines logo hangs above a baggage conveyor at O'Hare Airport on November 14, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The U.S. government fined American Eagle $900,000 for repeated tarmac delays that stranded passengers on planes for more than three hours. This is the first time an airline has been fined since the rule limiting the time a commercial airline could keep passengers sitting on the tarmac was imposed last year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)