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Delta Air Lines Subsidiary Fined For Bumping

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials are fining a regional air carrier owned by Delta Air Lines $275,000 for violating regulations on bumping passengers from overbooked flights.

The Transportation Department said in a statement Monday that it began an investigation of Comair's compliance with overbooking regulations in response to consumer complaints.

Federal regulations require airlines that overbook a flight to seek volunteers willing to give up their seats for compensation. If there aren't enough volunteers, passengers bumped involuntarily are entitled to $800 in cash compensation.

In June, the department proposed raising the compensation amount to $1,300.

Comair is based in Cincinnati. It operates 400 Delta Connection flights a day.
      
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