FAA Proposes $63,750 Civil Penalty Against J&J Tech Group for Alleged HazMat Violations
WASHINGTON, DC– The U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $63,750 civil penalty against J&J Tech Group of Miami for allegedly violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations.
The FAA alleges that on February 22, 2017, two passengers affiliated with the company offered three checked bags containing hundreds of lithium ion batteries to American Airlines for shipment by air from Miami to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The shipment included 318 lithium ion batteries as well as 85 cell phones and 11 laptop computers that contained lithium ion batteries.
American Airlines workers at Miami International Airport discovered the shipment during checked baggage screening.
The FAA alleges J&J Tech Group offered through checked baggage a greater number of lithium batteries than were allowed by the regulations. Moreover, regulations prohibit offering these batteries as cargo on a passenger-carrying aircraft.
The FAA further alleges that the shipments were not accompanied by a shipper’s declaration of dangerous goods and were not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled or in the proper condition for shipment. Additionally, the agency alleges J&J Tech Group failed to ensure that each of its employees received required hazardous materials training, and failed to provide emergency response information with the shipment.
J&J Tech Group has asked to meet with the FAA to discuss the case.