University Facing FAA Penalty for Attempted Hazardous Materials Shipment on Delta Flight

University Facing FAA Penalty for Attempted Hazardous Materials Shipment on Delta Flight
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June 2, 2015

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is facing a $70,050 civil penalty from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the attempted shipment of undeclared hazardous materials on a Delta Air Lines passenger flight, violating federal Hazardous Materials Regulations.

The FAA alleges that on January 13, 2015, an official traveling on behalf of the university offered an undeclared hazardous material shipment for transport on a Delta flight from Madison, WI to Minneapolis, WI.

The shipment included 1.89 liters of ethyl alcohol, which is highly flammable, and 120 milliliters of Epofix hardener, which is a corrosive material. Delta personnel discovered the shipment and immediately notified the FAA.

The FAA alleges that the shipment, which was in the passenger's checked baggage, should have been offered to Delta as cargo containing hazardous materials. Declaring these items as hazardous materials would have required protective packaging and shipping papers, marks and labels to indicate the hazardous nature of the contents.

Additionally, the FAA alleges that the university failed to ensure that its employees had received required hazardous materials training and that it did not include emergency response information with the shipment.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has 30 days from receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency.