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U.S. government fines Southwest. Somewhere, Kevin Smith is smiling

April 27, 2010 |  4:18 pm

SmithkKevin Smith hasn't tweeted his victory lap -- yet -- but we couldn't help but be amused by the news that Southwest Airlines has just been penalized for its policy of bumping passengers. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation is hitting the red-and-yellow with a $200,000 fine.It's not for wrongly enforcing a weight issue, but it's not that different either.

Like so many airlines these days, Southwest apparently overbooked -- but then neglected to compensate passengers, or inform them they could be compensated.

According to the Los Angeles Times story, "a Transportation Department spokesman declined to say how many cases were investigated. But the agency representative said the airline agreed to pay the assessment to avoid potential litigation." And a Kevin Smith Twitter war.

--Steven Zeitchik

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Photo: Kevin Smith. Credit: Justin Lane/EPA

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