Fort Worth -- The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to
assess a civil penalty of $84,000 against World Courier, Inc., of
New Hyde Park, New York, for allegedly violating Department of
Transportation hazardous materials regulations.
FAA alleged that World Courier received a properly-declared
shipment of dangerous goods (Infectious Substance Affecting
Humans called "Aspergillus," a fungus) shipped from Thailand
through Tokyo to New York's JFK International Airport last
World Courier then, according to FAA, placed the shipment in a
yellow courier bag, labeled "WORLD COURIER HOLD AT
AIRPORT FOR PICK-UP". World Courier declared the hazardous
material shipment "Medical Shipment -- Ambient Non-Hazardous,
Non-Dangerous," contrary to the original and correct labeling.
FAA alleged that the company also failed to provide and maintain
emergency response information while the shipment was in
The shipment was transported on an American Airlines
passenger-carrying flight from La Guardia Airport, New York to
Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, Texas and then on to San Antonio
International Airport. An American employee in San Antonio
discovered that the shipment was hazardous material and notified
FAA alleged World Courier offered hazardous material for
transportation by air when the material was not properly classed,
described, packaged, marked labeled or in a condition for
shipment as authorized under the hazardous materials regulations.
World Courier, Inc., has 30 days from the 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 or more.
--This story is posted courtesy FAA
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