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Mar 16, 2010 12:20 PM by Associated Press

American Airlines wants exemption from tarmac rule

Add American Airlines to the list of carriers that want out of the government's new rule to limit the time passengers can be held on the tarmac.

American filed for a temporary exemption with the Department of Transportation on Monday. The carrier, based in Fort Worth, Texas, says delays caused by the closure of the main runway at New York's JFK airport could cost them millions in fines.

JetBlue and Delta asked for exemptions last week. Those three airlines are the largest operators at JFK.

The new rule is set to go into effect next month. It could mean fines of up to $27,500 per passenger if a plane is stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours.

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