Thursday, April 10, 2008

Aircraft Inspections

Enough with the American Airlines cancellations. AA has flown more than a million departures a year with no fatalities since 2001. AA is a safe airline, lax inspections by the FAA or not. Does anyone really think that anything would have happened if AA was given a few weeks to do the inspections? The MD-80 has fewest fatal accident rate of any mid-size airplane (maybe at least partially because AA flies so many of them). It's probably more likely that someone will die while driving somewhere because their AA flight got canceled. What's the cost of this, to AA and to their customers?
What we don't need is a return to the regulation days of the 70's that apparently Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) is thinking about. Here's an idea. Why not make AA disclose the issue, offer refunds to passengers and pay a fine until they do all the inspections?

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