FAA proposes hazardous cargo fines up to $195,000

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The US government’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing fines of between $54,000 and $195,000 against British Airways, FedEx, Linvin and Allied Technology Group for alleged violations of hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA is proposing fining British Airways $195,000 because on 14 August 2012 it allegedly offered a chemical oxygen generator to American Airlines for shipment in bellyhold on a flight from Heathrow Airport to Dallas Fort Worth Airport. The FAA says the oxygen generator was not declared as hazardous materials, which must be transported on a cargo aircraft. The generator, a component in a passenger oxygen system, was being shipped to Texas (US) for repair. British Airways tells Air Cargo Week (ACW): “We are cooperating with the FAA and have requested a meeting.”

FedEx is facing a $65,000 fine after an employee in Austin (US) allegedly improperly accepted a shipment containing two one-gallon cans of Tuffy Fast Dry F.F. Blue Paint, on 10 January 2014, which leaked on its journey to Fort Smith (US). The FAA alleges the FedEx employee who accepted the shipment failed to inspect the package. FedEx is scheduled to meet the FAA in October to discuss the case. FedEx tells ACW: “FedEx safely and reliably transports millions of items classified as dangerous goods every year. FedEx made the proper notification to the FAA when the incident occurred. At no time was the safety of the public or our team at risk.”

Linvin is facing a $57,600 fine after an employee allegedly offered an undeclared shipment containing a container of denatured alcohol and an aerosol can of dust removing spray to American Airlines on 5 April 2014. The Transport Security Administration discovered the flammables on the Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Austin Bergstrom International Airport flight. Linvin has requested to meet the FAA to discuss the case.

Allied Technology Group is facing a $54,000 fine after it allegedly offered an electrical coating can to Southwest Airlines on 21 January 2014, on a flight to Las Vegas (US). Electrical coating is considered a flammable and was discovered at Rick Husband Airport. Allied has requested to meet the FAA to discuss the case.

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