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Four Major Airlines Fined for Inaccurate Info When Bumping Travelers

The Department of Transportation fined four airlines for providing inaccurate information to passengers about how much compensation they were due.
A United Airlines airplane is towed to a gate after arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport
A United Airlines airplane is towed to a gate after arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey. REUTERS/Gary HershornREUTERS
/ Source: Reuters
American Airlines aircraft sit on the tarmac at LaGuardia airport in New York. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The Department of Transportation on Friday fined Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines for providing inaccurate information to passengers about how much compensation they could potentially receive for being denied boarding against their will and for lost, damaged, or delayed baggage.

American Airlines was fined $45,000, Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines were fined $40,000 each, and United Airlines was fined $35,000, the department said in a statement.