Southwest Airlines fined for bumping travelers

April 27, 2010 1:44:48 PM PDT
The government imposed a fine on Southwest Airlines for bumping more passengers last year than another other U.S. carrier.

Southwest must pay a $200,000 penalty for violating rules on bumping passengers off overbooked flights.

The transportation department says Southwest failed to promptly pay some bumped passengers or give them written notices about their rights.

Last year Southwest kicked more than 13,000 off oversold flights. That's 80 percent more than the carrier with the next highest number of bumped passengers.