This time it's for improperly categorizing and quantifying their disability complaints in 2009. Sounds like it's just a paperwork SNAFU, really. Of course the fine is only ... one hundred thousand dollars! (Cue the Dr. Evil music.) Here's the story from The Hill.
That's a rather steep fine for a simple paperwork violation. Spirit will likely release a statement soon saying it was a minor fine for a minor infraction. They can say whatever they like, but while a $100,000 fine assessed by the D.O.T. may not be the end of the world for an airline, it certainly isn't minor either.
We may be seeing the start of the D.O.T. getting serious about ending Spirit's questionable business practices. At the very least, it's clear Spirit Airlines hasn't been making many friends in Washington D.C. lately.
Stay tuned ....