For Immediate Release

September 26, 2000
Contact: Elizabeth Isham Cory
Phone: 847-294-7849

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 Regulations.

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 posted;
  • 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 emergency equipment;
  • 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.