2012 was a record year for airline violations. The U.S. Department of Transportation issued 49 consumer rule violations last year.
The fines totaled more than $3.6 million. That's more than the previous record of 47 violations and $3.2 million in fines issued in 2011.
Among the 2012 fines, Copa Airlines of Panama and Virgin America were slapped with fines for violating federal rules that limit how long an aircraft with passengers aboard may be delayed on the tarmac.