In precedent-setting enforcement actions, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined three airlines for their roles in causing the passengers on board Continental Express flight CO2816 to remain on the aircraft for an unreasonable period of time at Rochester International Airport in Minnesota on August 8.

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A preliminary investigation by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) into a six-hour overnight tarmac delay at Rochester, Minnesota on August 8 by Continental Express carrier ExpressJet Airlines has found that Delta Air Lines subsidiary Mesaba Airlines was to blame ― not ExpressJet, as was widely reported.

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