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Delta fined $750,000 for bumping passengers

7:18 PM, Jun. 26, 2013
FILE - In this Monday April 14, 2008 file photo, a Northwest Airlines plane takes off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis after it was announced that Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. would merge into one company. Now, with the merger of American and US Airways, there have now been four megamergers in five years for the airline industry, during which the title of No. 1 airline changed three times. Consolidation has given the industry pricing power and helped usher in a period of stability and, for the most part, profitability. (AP Photo/Andy King, File)
FILE - In this Monday April 14, 2008 file photo, a Northwest Airlines plane takes off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis after it was announced that Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. would merge into one company. Now, with the merger of American and US Airways, there have now been four megamergers in five years for the airline industry, during which the title of No. 1 airline changed three times. Consolidation has given the industry pricing power and helped usher in a period of stability and, for the most part, profitability. (AP Photo/Andy King, File)
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The Department of Transportation fined Delta Air Lines $750,000 on Wednesday for bumping passengers from full flights without asking for volunteers and without detailing compensation available.

Delta had similar violations in July 2009, when it was fined $375,000.

"Airline passengers deserve to be treated fairly, especially if they are forced to miss a flight because an airline oversold seats," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. "Consumers have rights, and we will continue to take enforcement action when airlines violate our rules to protect the traveling public." ...

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