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FAA: Delta & United Regional Operator Violated Drug, Alcohol Testing Policies

Operator for Delta Connection and United Express faces more than $140,000 in fines over violations in drug and alcohol screenings.

A Missouri-based regional carrier operating Delta Connection and United Express flights could be compelled to pay $142,750 in fines on allegations of drug and alcohol testing violations from the Federal Aviation Administration. In a press release, the FAA announced the proposed penalties against GoJet Airlines after identifying possible lapses in the company testing policies.

According to the FAA, GoJet broke random drug and alcohol testing standards on at least two occasions. On the first occasion, FAA investigators claim, six airline employees were allowed to work in safety-sensitive jobs without being included in the random test group. The excluded group included four pilot trainees and two aircraft dispatch trainees. In the second instance, the FAA alleges, two employees in the random test group were given drug tests but not alcohol tests.

On its website, the 10-year-old airline claims to operate over 220 flights every day under both Delta Air Lines and United Airlines branding. GoJet operates bases in Chicago, Denver, Saint Louis and Raleigh-Durham. In a statement to Air Traffic World, the carrier claims the fines stem from a situation in 2013 and that it has since addressed the issues.

“GoJet has reviewed all areas related to the alleged incidents and are confident that no such issues exist today,” a spokesperson for GoJet told Air Traffic World in the statement. “We look forward to next month’s scheduled hearing regarding this matter, so that we may present the pertinent facts of this case to the FAA.”

The fines are pending a hearing and official ruling. GoJet will have 30 days from receiving the letter of violation to respond to the FAA allegations.

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cfabar1 April 24, 2015

are we surprised? I take different routings specifically to avoid these regional "carriers".... Sometimes even if they are more expensive. The extra $100 is worth my health and safety.