For Immediate Release

Release No. SW99070002
July 8, 1999
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today said it assessed a $250,500 civil penalty against American Airlines of Fort Worth for 51 security violations involving display of identification badges by its employees and contractors at the Dallas/Fort Worth International airport. The violations were found in 23 separate cases investigated by the FAA’s special agents.

In February, 1998, an administrative law judge issued 23 decisions finding the violations were as alleged by the FAA and assessing total civil penalties of $250,500. American appealed all 23 decisions to the FAA administrator, who denied American’s appeal and affirmed the initial decisions. American did not seek review of the administrator’s decision.

This announcement is being made in accordance with the FAA’s practice of releasing information to the public on enforcement action’s that involve penalties of $50,000 or more.