JetBlue fined $600,000 over disability, code-share rules

* $350,000 of $600,000 DOT fine must be paid

* Carrier can also improve service

ATLANTA, Dec 13 (BestGrowthStock) – JetBlue Airways (JBLU.O: ) was
fined $600,000 by the U.S. Department of Transportation on
Monday for violating rules protecting travelers with
disabilities and for failing to disclose when flights it sold
were operating under a code-sharing agreement with another
carrier.

The DOT said in a statement that $350,000 of the civil fine
must be paid by the airline and up to $250,000 can be used to
improve service to the disabled beyond what the law requires.

“The DOT’s decision serves as an important reminder for us
to continuously improve our service,” Bryan Baldwin, JetBlue
corporate communications manager, said in an email. “We’re
committed to ensuring all customers are provided a respectful,
accommodating and enjoyable experience.”

The U.S. transportation agency said complaints showed
JetBlue violated a requirement to provide disabled passengers
with assistance while they were boarding and leaving planes.

The agency also said calls made to JetBlue’s reservation
line found the New York-based discount airline did not disclose
that some flights were being operated by a code-share
affiliate. Under code-sharing pacts, a carrier will sell
tickets on flights that are operated by a different airline.

JetBlue shares were up 0.9 percent at $6.81 in afternoon
trading.
(Reporting by Karen Jacobs, added reporting by John Crawley in
Washington, editing by Dave Zimmerman)

JetBlue fined $600,000 over disability, code-share rules