For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 03-01
February 8, 2001
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to assess a $55,000 civil penalty against Continental Airlines for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleged that Continental improperly accepted for transportation by air and transported one of its fuel boost pumps containing residual amounts of aviation fuel on a Continental flight from Mexico City to George Bush International Airport in Houston, on July 6, 2000. Residual fuel in the pump is considered "dangerous goods in machinery" under the rules and is classified as hazardous material.

The shipment was discovered by an FAA special security agent at the Continental cargo facility at the Houston airport. FAA alleged that Continental accepted hazardous material for transportation by air when it was not properly described, packaged, marked or in condition for shipment as required.

Continental Airlines has 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond 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 of more.