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July 15, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) just announced a set of speed and altitude regulations for SkyWest Airlines in response to an incident in April when a aircraft dipped 12,000 feet mid-flight on a trip from Denver to Oklahoma City. The new rules apply to three of the carrier's aircrafts as follows: The CRJ700 and 900 planes must stay at or below 35,000 feet and the CJ200 aircraft at 33,000 feet while coasting. SkyWest refuted the situation and says that the crew responded to a slow speed alert with a planned descent. According to a write-up on Mashable, the airline is confident that the FAA will retract these new regulations after digging into the situation and its data.

This isn't the only trouble the airline has seen. On top of the new flight regulations, SkyWest has been handed fines amounting to more than $1.2 million for "allegedly operating an aircraft that was not in compliance with federal aviation regulations." What that means: according to the FAA, the airline failed to complete routine landing gear and cargo door checks resulting in thousands of planes taking flight without proper inspection. 

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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