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$1M fine sought for Texas aircraft repair station
Friday, 21 January 2011 21:39

The government is proposing fining a San Antonio aircraft repair station $1 million for not drug-testing employees who work on planes.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that between March and May in 2008, San Antonio Aerospace didn't conduct required pre-employment drug tests and receive verified negative test results before hiring 90 people to perform "safety-sensitive functions."

Twenty-five of the employees were at work in "safety sensitive" areas before their test results were known.

The company has since been renamed ST Aerospace San Antonio. It's a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Aerospace. Messages left with two ST Aerospace executives weren't immediately returned.

FAA head Randy Babbitt says travelers need to know that people working on their planes are following federal rules.

(Nation AP)

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