The Department of Transportation has adopted a new rule that includes fines against airlines when passengers are stuck on a grounded plane for more than three hours. The move is the government's latest effort in response to a number of incidents. Traditionally, the DOT has rarely levied fines against airlines for tarmac delays, but last month the government fined three airlines for their poor handling of an incident in August in which 47 passengers were stranded on a plane in Rochester, Minn., for nearly six hours.

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