But who gets to SPEND the three grand?

Comair paid a $3,000 fine in November for a burned out light bulb (the FAA had wanted $44,000).

The light the illuminates the no smoking, fasten seat belt sign was out. An off duty FAA inspector noticed it while flying on the plane. He reported it to a flight attendant who told the pilot. The pilot forgot to write it up in his log, and it wasn’t noticed again for four flights.

The fine was for flying the aircraft when it was “not in an airworthy condition.”

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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