July 6th, 2012
05:42 PM ET

Is the FAA cutting corners? Watchdog says the industry is next 'too big to fail'

A frightening thing is happening while you're flying, according to a new book.

At a time when flights are fuller than ever, the airline industry relies on regional carriers to fly more than half of its routes and outsources 71% of its maintenance. Are the airlines cutting corners at the cost of your safety? And is anybody keeping watch?

Former consumer advocate at the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and author of "Attention All Passengers," William McGee, come OutFront.

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  1. Captain E.

    While I applaud the effort to bring/keep the airlines' cost cutting measures in the public eye, I wish the media would stop referring to the regionals as if they are sub-par to the main-line carriers. Our training is the same, if not more rigorous than the majors', and we operate far more cycles per pilot on average.

    Who whould you rather fly with, a flight crew who takes off and lands 4-6 flights a day in challenging conditions at small airports (where piloting skill and decision-making are paramount) as well as at major airports, or a crew who only operates into the highly controlled and structured major airports 2-3 times a day?

    Please stop inferring to the public that the regional airlines are inherently dangerous, and their pilots sub-par. "Big" airplane pilots are just as capable of killing people through poor training and lack of skill/decision-making. One only needs to look at the recent crashes of AA and Air France, for example.

    July 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply

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