FAA Proposes Fine Against Northwest

The Federal Aviation Administration,
Southern Region, has proposed to impose
a $100,000 civil penalty against
Northwest Airlines of St. Paul, Minn.,
for allegedly violating the Federal
Aviation Regulations.

The FAA alleges that on January 12,
1998, during a comprehensive assessment
of Northwest at the Nashville
International Airport, FAA special
agents discovered that Northwest failed
to obtain and maintain proper cargo
security documentation, and failed to
perform required screening of one cargo
shipment during January 5-9, 1998.
The announcement of the civil penalty
proposed today is being made in
accordance with the FAA`s policy of
releasing information to the public on
enforcement actions that involve
penalties of $50,000 or more. The
details of this action are subject to
Sensitive Security Information rule
states the agency will not release such
information for 12 months after the
event occurs to avoid divulging
potential vulnerabilities in the
aviation system.