The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed levying a $474,000 civil penalty against Frontier Airlines, alleging that Frontier operated airplanes that were not equipped with required medical supplies.
The 11 airplanes were operated on hundreds of flights in July and July 2017 while their emergency medical kits were lacking either injectable epinephrine or atropine, or both, the FAA said last week. The medications typically are used in case of severe allergy reactions or some types of irregular heart rates.
The FAA said that Frontier was informed of the defective emergency medical kits on July 10, 2017, and that it applied the next day for an exemption to allow it to continue flying with those kits. The FAA issued the exemption on Sept. 16, 2017.
“However,” the FAA said, “the FAA alleges Frontier operated the 11 aircraft on 787 revenue flights between July 11 and July 27, 2017 — after it had become aware of the problem and before the FAA issued the exemption.”
Frontier has requested a meeting with the FAA to discuss the matter.