Press Release – FAA Proposes $67,000 Civil Penalty Against Spirit Airlines, Inc.
For Immediate Release
September 26, 2000
Contact: Elizabeth Isham Cory
CHICAGO, IL, September 26, 2000 — The FAA has proposed to
fine Spirit Airlines, Inc. of Detroit, Michigan, $67,000 for allegedly
violating Federal Aviation Regulations on cabin and seat markings
and placards. Discrepancies were found in the marking and
placarding of emergency equipment, passenger seats, storage
areas and doors on eight of Spirit's DC9 and MD80 aircraft.
Spirit holds an Air Carrier Certificate and conducts scheduled
passenger flights under Part 121 of the Federal Aviation
The FAA found the violations during a two-day ramp inspection of
the eight aircraft. The FAA alleges Spirit violated the Federal
Aviation Regulations by:
- Carrying cargo in aircraft storage bins that did not have
maximum weight markings and closure and latch information
- Incorrectly placed emergency markings on an aircraft door;
- Flew without "Fasten Seatbelt While Seated – Life Vest Under
Your Seat" placards;
- Posted incorrect placards, indicating "Use Seat Bottom Cushion
for Flotation," instead of the proper "Life Vest Under Your Seat."
- Posting a placard stating "Seat Bottom Cushion for Floatation,"
when the cushion was not floatable.
- Posted erroneous placards, indicating incorrect location of
- Failed to make proper maintenance logbook entries for
discrepancies found and corrected.
Spirit has 30 days from the time it receives the FAA's Civil
Penalty Letter to respond.
The announcement of the civil penalty proposal is in accordance
with FAA's policy of releasing information to the public on newly
issued enforcement actions in cases that involve penalties of
$50,000 or more.