Brooks Discount Limited, trading as Top Brand Discounts 4 U, pleaded guilty to the offence at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court on 9 April 2015. The incident had occurred in July 2014. Carl Brooks, Managing Director of the company, pleaded guilty to the charge on behalf of the company. The Magistrates fined the company £5,000 and ordered it to pay compensation of £800 and £250 respectively to the injured staff. The Magistrates also ordered the company to pay the CAA £12,000 costs.
The Court heard the company had sold two one litre bottles of One Shot Liquid Drain Cleaner online and posted them to a customer in Jersey. The bottles were carried on a cargo aircraft flight from Bournemouth Airport to Jersey. When the package arrived at the sorting office in Jersey it was leaking and two members of Jersey Post staff suffered minor chemical burns as a result. The sorting office was evacuated and the emergency services were called.
As it contains a corrosive substance, the product is subject to dangerous goods regulations which means it must be packaged and labelled accordingly – Royal Mail also bans such items from the post. The CAA said online retailers in particular should fully understand the regulations relating to dangerous goods when shipping orders to customers. Many seemingly harmless products, such as household cleaners and even toiletries, are classified as dangerous goods.
The UK legal requirements for the carriage of dangerous goods by air are contained within the Air Navigation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations AN(DG)Rs and are applicable to ALL aircraft registered in the UK and all foreign registered aircraft operating within UK airspace, including private pilots, aircraft and helicopters owners and operators. This page provides a summary of what dangerous goods are and the items that cannot be carried as baggage or cargo, except those items permitted to be carried by passengers and crew.
Many items which might appear to be harmless in everyday use can pose dangers wherever they are carried on an aircraft and are consequently forbidden for carriage by passengers either in the cabin or in their checked baggage.
Examples of forbidden items include:
Explosives – fireworks, flares, party poppers, toy caps,
Gases – mace, camping gas, culinary glazing torches
Flammable Liquids – machines with petrol fuelled engines (including those which have been drained), petrol, lighter fluid
Flammable Solids – non-safety matches
An awareness of the above is required knowledge for the Aviation Law and also the Operational Procedures PPL examination.
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