Guilty Plea Entered in Hazardous Materials Transport Violation
A Florida freight-forwarding company pleaded guilty to illegally offering hazardous materials to a commercial airline--materials that had not been properly documented and had been concealed in the shipment. Transnational Aviation Systems, Inc., doing business as STAF Airlines, Inc., of Miami, will be placed on probation, fined $10,000, and required to pay another $90,000 to the Miami-Dade County Fire Department to enhance its hazardous materials response. Transnational failed to label and manifest hazardous liquids in a shipment on pallets, which had been wrapped with opaque plastic to conceal the contents. The investigation was done by OIG and the FAA.