ExpressJet faces penalty from FAA

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed incurring two civil penalties on ExpressJet Airlines, for allegedly violating drug and alcohol testing as well as aircraft maintenance regulations, which together will amount to $147,375.
The first penalty is due to ExpressJet allegedly hiring or transferring four people into safety-sensitive positions before conducting the required drug tests and receiving verified, negative results. Furthermore, the FAA accuses the airline of drugs testing a fifth person, but waiting too long after receiving the verified, negative results to hire him.
This same penalty also covers ExpressJet’s alleged failure to include one of these employees in its random drug and alcohol testing pool. On top of this, the FAA suggests that the company which ExpressJet hired to collect drug and alcohol testing specimens didn’t properly ensure the completion of the custody and control or alcohol testing forms for tests on nine employees.
Finally, the FAA claims ExpressJet did not calibrate its evidential breath test device at proper intervals. These violations were discovered during an inspection in May 2014. The agency is proposing a $97,375 civil penalty in this case.
The second penalty concerns ExpressJet’s supposed failed to ensure that an Embraer ERJ 145 underwent required testing and measurement of the aircraft surface in connection with the repainting of the jet. The FAA is proposing a $50,000 civil penalty in this case.
ExpressJet is scheduled to meet with the FAA in mid-February to discuss the allegations.

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