FAA Proposes $195,000 Fine Against British Airways for Hazardous Materials Infraction

FAA Proposes $195,000 Fine Against British Airways for Hazardous Materials Infraction
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September 15, 2014

British Airways could be fined $195,000 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for violating hazardous materials regulations.

The agency alleges that on Aug. 14, 2012 British Airways offer a cardboard box containing a chemical oxygen generator to American Airlines for shipment aboard a passenger plane from London Heathrow Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Since oxygen generators are extremely flammable they are forbidden as cargo aboard passenger aircrafts.

The FAA alleges British Airways did not declare the hazardous materials, and the shipment was not properly classed, described, packaged, marked or labeled. British Airways also failed to label the package as an oxidizer that is suitable for transport by cargo aircraft only, provided no emergency response information with the package, and did not ensure its employees had received the required training for shipping hazardous materials.

The generator, which is a component in the passenger oxygen system, was being shipped to Texas for repair.

According to a release from the FAA, British Airways has requested to meet with the agency to discuss the case.