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September 2, 2011
Contact: Arlene Salac/Jim Peters
FAA Proposes $175,000 Civil Penalty Against MIT
The FAA alleges that MIT offered a fiberboard box containing 33 electronic devices to FedEx for transportation by air from
The package was discovered with smoke and flames coming from it while it was moving on a conveyor at the FedEx sorting facility in
Specifically, the batteries were not packaged in a manner that would prevent a short-circuit that could create sparks or generate a dangerous quantity of heat. MIT allegedly offered the box when it was not packaged, marked, classed, described, labeled or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. The airbill accompanying the shipment specifically stated the shipment did not contain dangerous goods.
In addition, the FAA alleges MIT employees were not properly trained and tested to handle hazardous material.
MIT has 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.
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