To his supporters, former air marshal Robert MacLean personifies the best traits of whistleblowers, determined to expose the government's dirty laundry, even at high personal cost. To critics, he's an obsessive and even vindictive ex-federal employee who overstepped his bounds. Now he's battling over the need for secondary barriers to keep would-be intruders from reaching the cockpit.
Tag: Airline safety
Amid Minimum Wage Hikes in Many States, Labor Secretary Says Federal Rate ($7.25/hr) Should Stay Where It Is
A decade has passed since the federal minimum wage increased even a cent. Millions of minimum wage workers earn more than the $7.25 per hour set by Congress because 29 states, plus Washington, D.C., have set higher rates. But Labor Secretary Acosta told lawmakers he opposes a federal hike.
With Ethiopian crash, toll at 346 in five months: At least 27 airlines have grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft after 157 people were killed when one crashed in Ethiopia Sunday. A growing list of countries--including China, the U.K., Australia, Indonesia and Singapore--have banned the planes from their airspace, [...]
After decades of improvement, life expectancy has trended downward for three years, the worst reversal in a century.
Congress today sent to President Obama legislation to address the growing safety threat posed by thousands of drones entering the nation’s airspace.
Owen Ouyang On a Saturday night in early December, while relaxing at his Martinez, Calif., home, Chinese exchange student Owen Ouyang decided to have some fun. He went out to the front yard and launched a sleek new drone he had recently purchased online for about $1,000. The [...]
A string of deadly airliner crashes has exposed Russia as the most dangerous country in the world to fly commercially. As The Wall Street Journal reports, investigations of nine commercial plane crashes this year -- including one that killed an entire professional hockey team -- revealed gross violations and errors. [...]
A key Republican lawmaker is calling for quick fixes to a trial airport security program intended to catch terrorists by picking up on suspicious behavior. U.S. Rep. John Mica, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said he will ask the Transportation Security Administration to revamp the program, which [...]
As the death toll rose to 10 from the National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno, Nev., new attention was focused on the hazards of the popular spectator events. North American air races and air shows attract an estimated 10 to 12 million spectators a year. Yet the [...]
Advanced airline technology is letting pilots rely more and more on computers in the cockpit. But does that also mean their hands-on skills will slip away, leaving them less capable of dealing with a crisis? An investigation by The Associated Press found that while fatal airline accidents have decreased dramatically [...]
How long does it take to hijack a plane? Three seconds, says The Atlantic. That's because pilots or flight attendants open the cockpit door to get to the lavatory, enabling any would-be terrorist to leap from his seat and barge into the cockpit in a matter of seconds. It's a [...]
The Federal Aviation Administration missed its Aug. 1 deadline for issuing new rules that would keep exhausted airline pilots out of the cockpit, and families of plane crash victims are blaming the influence of the airline industry. As ABC News reports, critics say that pilot fatigue frequently endangers airline passengers. More than [...]