The Transportation Department is handing down one of the biggest consumer protection fines ever. The government is fining American Eagle 900-thousand dollars for extended delays that stranded more than 600 airline passengers on 15 flights in Chicago last May. Today's fine is the first enforcement of a regulation aimed at shortening ground delays that strand people on planes for hours.

As part of a settlement with the government, American Eagle is under orders to use more than a quarter of the fine to compensate passengers.

(Metro News)