Civil Inquiry for United Airlines


18 FEB: The Justice Department (DOJ) of United States has demanded the United Continental Holdings Inc to show documents, oral testimony relating to its contract of carrying mail for the Postal Service, United States, the airline informed on Thursday, in its yearly regulatory filling.

The filling also said that the investigation of the United States agency looked at delivery as well other data supposedly needed for payment done for the mail carriage. United received the civil inquiry on October 13 last year and now says it is answering the DOJ, but is unable to decide the action, if any, to be taken by the regulator resulting out of the investigation.

Megan McCarthy, United spokeswoman added in one of the statements that the international requirements of mail scanning, of its United States Postal Service contracts was addressed by the civil demand.  

She said that according to them the inquiry by DOJ is for the entire industry, adding that they will keep working with the DOJ upon its information requests, and that they are reviewing their practices of mail scanning to ensure cooperation.

Delta Airlines Inc, American Airlines Group Inc, JetBlue Airways Corp and Southwest Airlines Co did not respond to the commenting requests immediately.  

Separately, in the same filling, United said that it has been cooperating in an undisclosed previous investigation of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, which is associated to some other govt probe surrounding the airline as well as the New Jersey and New York Port Authority.   

Jeff Smisek, CEO, United resigned in the month of September with an investigation addressing whether the company introduced flights to South Carolina, Columbia for currying favour with David Samson, then-Chairman of Port Authority, who owned a home there.


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