Lax oversight leaves FAA systems ripe for abuse

In a two-part series from The Boston Globe, the Spotlight Team focused on the Federal Aviation Administration, which is supposed to keep track of every American plane, pilot and airplane mechanic at its offices in Oklahoma City. But their record-keeping system allows so much secrecy and relies so heavily on self-reporting of crimes and other…

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Chicago’s unarmed airport police told to stay away from trouble at baggage claim

CNN obtained an email sent to Chicago’s unarmed aviation police officers informing them that they would not be dispatched to disturbances in the baggage claim area.  The email was sent on January 6, hours after the mass shooting which killed five people at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.  An aviation police officer who spoke to CNN…

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Allegiant Air planes are 4 times as likely to fail during flight as other major airlines

An investigation by the Tampa Bay Times has found that planes operated by Allegiant Air are four times as likely to fail during flight as those flown by other major U.S. carriers. Forty-two of the budget airline’s 86 planes broke down in mid-flight at least once in 2015. And while most U.S. airlines reported about…

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Chicago’s unarmed aviation police officers instructed to run and hide

Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports have nearly 300 sworn aviation police officers wearing uniforms and badges. One thing they don’t have – guns. A CNN investigation revealed that these sworn, unarmed officers have been instructed to run and hide in the case of an active shooter. CNN surveyed other major airports and found that most…

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Extra Extra Monday: Tracking charges for cops, undocumented overtime, police failure in Sharper case

A record of trouble | The Marshall Project As California prepares to greatly expand its use of halfway houses for people leaving its overcrowded prisons, state officials have turned for help to a private halfway house operator that has been cited in other states for inadequate care, unchecked violence and repeated escapes at its facilities.…

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Many airport employees not required to be screened daily

Following the arrest of an airport employee that tried to smuggle guns onto an airplane in Atlanta, CNN has revealed a lack of screening for airport employees. Most airport employees are screened daily but workers like mechanics, baggage handlers and cleaning crews are under no federal requirement for screening. Only two of the nation’s major airports…

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Construction of a NASA test tower continued long after the rocket project was scrubbed

NASA spent $349 million building a new test tower it didn’t need, according to a report by The Washington Post. The agency in June finished construction of the Mississippi tower, which was designed for a rocket program canceled in 2010, after Congress ordered NASA to finish building it. NASA will now spend about $700,000 a…

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Post-crash fires in small planes cost 600 lives

  Small-airplane fires have killed at least 600 people since 1993, burning them alive or suffocating them after crashes and hard landings that the passengers and pilots had initially survived, a USA TODAY investigation shows. The victims who died from fatal burns or smoke inhalation often had few if any broken bones or other injuries,…

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