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U.S. DOT Fines Southwest Airlines $140 Million For 2022 Christmas Fail

Posted on AllSides December 18th, 2023
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The U.S. Department of Transportation imposed a substantial $140 million fine on Southwest Airlines for breaches of consumer protection laws during the 2022 Christmas period. This unprecedented fine, dwarfing any previous penalties by 30 times, is on top of the over $600 million in refunds and reimbursements that the DOT ensured Southwest provided its passengers. While the disruption resulted from Winter Storm Elliott, resulting in 16,900 canceled flights and over two million people stranded, the U.S. DOT found Southwest’s operational failures aggravated passenger inconvenience. Importantly, the penalty includes a mandate...

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