The FAA recently proposed civil penalties ranging from $54,000 to $91,000 against seven companies for allegedly violating the HMR. In each case, the FAA alleged certain shipments were not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of their contents and were improperly marked, labeled or packed.
- $91,000 against New Chapter, Inc. for allegedly offering a shipment containing a five-gallon metal drum filled with a flammable resin solution to UPS for air transportation to Ohio that was not packaged in accordance with the HMR. Workers at a UPS sort facility discovered that approximately three gallons of the resin had leaked from the drum and subsequently notified the FAA.
- $81,000 against Q.G. Investments, LLC for allegedly shipping 46 packages of sparklers to United Airlines for air transportation from Orlando to Tanzania, Africa. Sparklers are explosive fireworks, which are forbidden aboard passenger-carrying aircraft. United Airlines’ contract cargo handling company discovered the shipment at Orlando International Airport.
- $78,000 against Click Bond, Inc. for allegedly offering a nylon bag containing eight packets totaling one ounce of polyester resin adhesive to UPS for air transportation from North Carolina to Ft. Lauderdale. Polyester resin adhesive is a flammable liquid.
- $66,500 against All Tire Supply Co. for allegedly offering a shipment containing four one-gallon metal cans of paint, which is a flammable liquid, to DHL Worldwide Express for air transportation to Sydney, Australia.
- $65,000 against Kretek International, Inc. for allegedly offering a shipment containing twelve 10.15-ounce aerosol cans of highly flammable butane gas to UPS for air transportation from California to Florida.
- $55,000 against Harland Clarke Holdings Corp. for allegedly offering one box containing twelve 11-ounce aerosol cans of silicone, which is a flammable gas, for transportation aboard a UPS cargo flight from Georgia to Puerto Rico. Workers at the UPS sort facility in Jacksonville discovered the package and notified FAA.
- $54,000 against Quimica Bicentenario de la Ind. for allegedly offering a box containing 500 fireworks to FedEx for air transportation from Mexico to Florida. Workers at a FedEx sort facility in Tennessee discovered and reported the package to FAA.