UPS Faces Class Action on Fuel Charges - Courthouse News Service A federal RICO class action claims that United Parcel Service for years has charged customers a premium to ship packages by air while actually shipping them by truck to save money on fuel and add to its bottom line. The class claims the "Air-In-Ground program" has earned UPS "hundreds of millions of dollars" in ill-gotten gains since 1995. Lead plaintiff Arapahoe Hyundai of Denver says that the purpose of the Air-In-Ground program is to "collect the higher price charged for air transportation while actually transporting packages more cheaply by ground." The class claims that UPS charges fuel surcharges for air shipping even if it ships the packages by truck. UPS denied the allegations and said the lawsuit is "baseless."