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The Associated Press October 12, 2010, 9:11PM ET

Summary Box: Gov't says tarmac-delay rule working

FLYING ON TIME: U.S. airlines were better at getting passengers to their destinations on time in August than they were in July or in August of 2009.

GROUNDED PLANES: The government says the threat of big fines for long tarmac delays is working. Since the rule took effect in April, only eight planes have waited on the tarmac more than three hours, compared to 529 last year.

CANCELLATION THREATS: Back in April, the airlines warned the rule would just lead to more cancelations. They said they would cancel flights if there was even a chance it would get stuck for three hours. But Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says there's been little or no increase in canceled flights.

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