Sun Country Airlines Faced With $115k FAA Civil Penalty

The FAA has proposed a $114,975 civil penalty against Sun Country Airlines for allegedly violating federal drug and alcohol testing regulations.

The FAA has proposed a $114,975 civil penalty against Sun Country Airlines for allegedly violating federal drug and alcohol testing regulations.

The regulator alleges that the Minnesota-based carrier failed to conduct pre-employment drug tests and receive verified negative results before hiring or transferring one mechanic and three flight attendants into safety-sensitive positions.

Additionally, the FAA alleges the airline transferred another employee from a non-safety sensitive position into the safety sensitive position of inflight supervisor more than 180 days after she had taken a pre-employment drug test.

The flight attendant performed inflight duties on four occasions before being re-tested, the FAA alleges.

The FAA further alleges the airline failed to include one pilot and seven aviation screeners in its random drug and alcohol testing pool. Sun Country has 30 days to respond to the allegations.

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