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Increase in Near Collisions Blamed on Inexperienced Air Traffic Controllers

Federal authorities say that the deployment of inexperienced air traffic controllers at some of the nation's busiest airports may explain the soaring number of near-collisions in American skies last year. As the Associated Press reports, the  Department of Transportation, which oversees air traffic through the Federal Aviation Administration, testified before [...]

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Night Shift Air Controllers Often Flout No-Napping Rule

Recent revelations about napping nighttime air traffic controllers have sparked concern among American travelers and caused regulators to snap into action, but industry insiders say that the nodding off is not a matter of lazy workers loafing on the job. As current and retired controllers told the Associated Press, sleeping [...]

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Snoozing Air Controllers Spur Decision to Add Staff on Night Shifts

After several incidents involving air traffic controllers caught sleeping on the job, federal authorities announced that a second air traffic controller will be added to night shifts at 27 sites around the nation. As the Associated Press reports, the latest case of sleeping on duty came early Wednesday morning in [...]

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FAA Orders Emergency Safety Inspections on Aging Boeing 737s

The federal government is ordering extensive emergency inspections of aging Boeing 737 jetliners, spurred by a Southwest Airlines plane that suffered a terrifying five-foot fuselage tear while in flight on Friday. As USA Today reports, the Federal Aviation Administration order covers three different variations of the Boeing 737, and will [...]

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Southwest Cancels More Flights After Discovering Cracks on 3 Planes

As it continues to inspect its aging Boeing 737-300s for metal fatigue, Southwest Airlines is expected to cancel roughly 70 flights around the country on Monday. That follows, Bloomberg reports, 600 flight cancellations over the weekend. The airline is trying to make sure there aren't other fuselage cracks in its [...]

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Hero Pilot Says GOP Proposal Would ‘Gut’ Airline Safety Rules

Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the airline pilot celebrated for his "Miracle on the Hudson" landing in 2009, has spoken out against a House Republican's legislative amendment, describing it as a “giant step backwards” for aviation safety. The amendment by Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania would complicate the Federal Aviation Administration's efforts [...]

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Airport Scanners Pose Little Radiation Risk, Study Finds

A new study weighing in on the controversial issue of whether "backscatter" X-ray security scanners at airports pose radiation risks has dismissed the potential threat. As Bloomberg reports, the study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, has found that the body scanners, which are used to detect explosives, expose [...]

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Authorities Probe the Case of the Missing Air Traffic Controller

Federal air-safety officials are looking into why no air traffic controller was available early Wednesday when two jetliners were trying to reach the tower for clearance to land at Washington's Reagan National Airport. The two jetliners, arriving from Miami and Chicago, landed safely just minutes after midnight. The pilots took [...]

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Air Safety Initiative Launched for Private Pilots

U.S. authorities have launched a program to reduce general-aviation crashes 10 percent by 2018. As The Wall Street Journal reports, the initiative, which is aimed primarily at private pilots, will include more training as well as more advanced analysis of accident trends to develop better preventive strategies. The effort by [...]

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Full-Body Scanners in Airports to be Rechecked for Radiation

Citing inaccurate maintenance reports that overstated the radiation released by full-body X-ray scanners, the Transportation Security Administration has ordered that all of the devices in operation at U.S. airports be retested by the end of this month. So far, 247 full-body scanners that emit ionizing radiation have been installed at [...]

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To Deflate Terror Risk, Airlines Shut Off Bathroom Emergency Oxygen

There's now a new reason to take a deep breath before going into an airplane bathroom: the emergency oxygen tanks have been disabled as an anti-terrorism measure. Concerned that a terrorist could use lavatory oxygen to start a mid-air fire or ignite a bomb, the Federal Aviation Administration quietly ordered [...]