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The Next CrashHow Short-Term Profit Seeking Trumps Airline Safety$
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Amy L. Fraher

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452857

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452857.001.0001

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Riding the Jet Stream

Riding the Jet Stream

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The Next Crash

Amy L. Fraher

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines safety issues, centered on inefficient air traffic control systems, and antiquated regulations that continue to plague the U.S. airline industry. It first provides a historical background on commercial jet service in the United States that dramatically altered the aviation industry. It then considers the establishment of three federal agencies with aviation regulatory oversight: the Federal Aviation Administration, whose duty is to promote and regulate aviation while monitoring airline safety; the National Transportation Safety Board, in charge of investigating airline accidents; and the Civil Aeronautics Board, which supervises all aspects of airline operations from flight scheduling to fiscal management. It also explains how the U.S. government got so deeply intertwined in the day-to-day business of airline operations in the post–World War II period. It suggests that the cutthroat competition between airlines in the early days of industry development was largely instigated by the character and personalities of airline executives of the time.

Keywords:   air traffic control, airline industry, commercial jet service, Federal Aviation Administration, airline safety, National Transportation Safety Board, airline accidents, Civil Aeronautics Board, airlines, airline executives

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