For Immediate Release

April 28, 2003
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $60,000 civil penalty against Delta Air Lines, Inc. of Atlanta, GA, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on June 16, 2001, Delta Air Lines improperly offered a fiberboard box containing a total of nine aerosol cans containing penetrating lubricant, spray grease, insecticide, and epoxy coating to Federal Express (FedEx) for transportation by air. Aerosols are flammable gas, a hazardous material. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Ft. Lauderdale, FL discovered the shipment leaking.

Delta Air Lines offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Delta Air Lines also did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

Delta Air Lines has 30 days from receipt of the FAA notice to submit a reply to the agency. This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA’s practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.

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