FAA Wants to Fine Frontier Airlines $474,000 for Incomplete Onboard Medical Kits
FAA alleges medical kits lacked either injectable epinephrine or atropine
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed a $474,000 civil penalty against Frontier Airlines for allegedly operating aircraft that lacked required medical supplies on hundreds of flights.
Operated Nearly 800 flights with incomplete medical kits
The FAA alleges that Frontier personnel installed emergency medical kits that lacked either injectable epinephrine, or atropine, or both, on 11 aircraft in June and July 2017. According to the FAA, Frontier was made aware of the issue on July 10, 2017 and received an exemption to continue flying with those medical kits on September 16, 2017.
But the problem, according to the FAA, was that Frontier continued to operate normally between these times. The FAA alleges that Frontier operated those deficient aircraft on 787 revenue flights between the time they were notified of the problem and before the FAA issued its exemption.
Frontier Plans to Contest the Penalty
Frontier has asked to meet with the FAA to discuss the case and plans to contest the fine, stating that the problem was due to a shortage of medical supplies at the time.
"There was a national shortage of certain medication in 2017 and Frontier was supplied with medical kits that were not clearly identified as being deficient. We corrected the issue within days, and medical kits currently in use are fully compliant," Frontier said in a written statement.