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DOT LEVIES FINE ON MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES FOR VIOLATIONS OF LEBANON TRAVEL BAN

 WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Transportation and Middle East Airlines (MEA) have reached a settlement involving the airline's violations of DOT restrictions on the sale in the United States of air transportation to Lebanon.
 Under the settlement, the department will issue a consent order directing Middle East Airlines, a Lebanese carrier, to cease and desist from violations of DOT restrictions on air transportation to certain countries and assessing a civil penalty of $500,000. Of that amount, $225,000 will be paid over a two-year period. The balance of $275,000 will be forgiven if the airline commits no further violations of the DOT restrictions.
 In 1985, the president and the department banned the sale in the United States of any passenger air transportation to, from or through Lebanon. The ban was imposed because of concerns about the security of aircraft operating to Lebanon and the safety of passengers.
 Since 1990, Middle East Airlines has issued a significant number of passenger tickets in the United States for transportation from this country to Lebanon. Some tickets were issued on MEA ticket stock showing a trip on another carrier from the United States to Europe with an MEA connecting flight to Beirut. While some of these tickets showed Damascus, Syria or Amman, Jordan, as the final destination, the MEA flight number was, in fact, a connecting flight to Beirut.
 In June of this year, the department said it had evidence that tickets to Lebanon had been sold unlawfully by a number of airlines and their agents. The DOT Aviation Enforcement Office is continuing its investigation of eight other airlines and several travel agencies in connection with these unlawful sales.
 The MEA case is the first to be completed involving passenger sale violations of the Lebanon restrictions. Previous settlements dealt with cargo shipments only.
 In 1992, the 1985 restrictions were amended to permit the outbound shipment of cargo from the United States to Lebanon. However, all other restrictions remain in force, including the ban on direct service to, from or through Lebanon by U.S. carriers and on the sale in this country of passenger air travel to, from or through Lebanon by any airline.
 The civil penalty against MEA is the largest ever assessed by the department for aviation economic violations. The settlement notes, however, that MEA cooperated fully during the investigation and that the airline's financial condition was taken into account in determining the penalty.
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 /CONTACT: Ed O'Hara of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 202-366-5571/


CO: U.S. Department of Transportation; Middle East Airlines ST: District of Columbia IN: AIR TRN SU: EXE

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