FAA Doling Out Record Fines

Jordan Simon

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Just as travelers are getting upset about the rising prices and fees, airlines are taking issue with record fines being levied by the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA has a dead serious stance against airline safety improprieties and since 2004 has imposed nearly $30 million in civil penalties against more than 25 carriers. And on Thursday, regulators levied a fine of $24.2 million against American Airlines. That figure, the largest fine in FAA history, nearly trebles previous sanctions.