The FAA last week issued a letter of explanation to address safety concerns over fueling operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). “None of the operations we observed showed any negligence or unsafe practices,” the letter said. The Washington state airport’s operator, the Port of Seattle, said the facility has never before been cited for any fueling safety concerns during regular inspections.
The initial FAA inspections were sparked by the report of a former employee of a Sea-Tac based fueler–ASIG–that the company was ignoring unsafe working conditions in its airport operations. The FAA inspector’s report also said its team could not substantiate any of the claims made by the former employee, despite having looked at most of ASIG’s equipment and spoken to other employees.
The Port of Seattle said in a statement, “The Port has not received any direct communication from any ASIG workers concerning specific safety issues with ASIG’s or any other entities’ fueling system, equipment, procedures or process.”