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  • Flying Alone

    WCCO's I-team conducts a 5-month investigation into the four major airlines and their unaccompanied minor travel programs. The investigation found that airlines are not required to report the number of complaints they receive, several airlines subcontracted the service and each of the four airlines charges an extra fee, ranging from 40 to 60 dollars, for this service.
  • Flying Solo

    American Journal conducts an investigation into how commercial airlines treat the unaccompanied minors placed in their care. The report exposed severe security problems which, in an era of industry deregulation, are being overlooked by both the airlines and the FAA. Using the FOIA, American Journal discovered the number of complaints received by the Department of Transportation regarding negligent handling of children has doubled in the last tow years.
  • Flying High

    KCAL-TV exposed the wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars in the use and abuse of government owned helicopters and aircraft by Los Angeles City and County politicians and governmental agencies. KCAL found out just how outdated and disorganized the accounting and record keeping was when it came to determining who was flying in helicopters, for what reasonn and what checks and balances were in place to ensure only proper usage. The investigation found little if any cost controls or monitoring of how the helicopters were used and for whom and what purpose, including a $3,400 flight to Phoenix for 3 DWP officials -- The use of LAPD helicopters to fly a shuttle service for a chili cook-off and the continued use by LA County Supervisor Mike Antonivich of LA County Fire's $1,400 an hour water-dropping helicopter for personal transportation. (May 8, 9 & 10, 1996)
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    Micheal Westerman was a rowdy nineteen-year - old who drove around Todd County, Kentucky, with a Confederate flag flying from his pickup. One evening while driving to Nashville Westerman was chased by two cars full of black teenagers and shot by Freddie Morrow, a passenger of one of the vehicles. Now what was probably just an expression of rebellion has spiraled out of control as white supremacy groups proclaim Westerman to be their latest martyr and race relations, in the Todd County and the surrounding areas, rage. (March 1996)
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    WOOD-TV finds that politicans and civilians fly free around the world under a National Guard public relations program. Federal taxpayers are paying millions of dollars a year in flight time. No federal agency has ever audited the program, though other like military trips have recently been found to have waste and abuse. WOOD-TV found that these trips often benefit certain politicans, who are powerful enough to play a role in the National Guards future budget. (Nov. 24, 1995)
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    This Seattle Times two-part series goes beyond the hoopla surrounding the introduction of a new airplane model to examine whether federal safety regulators let the Boeing Co. bend rules too far in pioneering new technology and reveals the nature of the risk posed to the flying public. See also file 12729. (June 4 - 5 1995)
  • How Safe are Small Planes?

    U.S. News & World Report reports "Not safe enough, say critics. The numbers bear them out, and passengers often don't know in advance what they're flying...standards for planes with 30 seats or fewer often are lower than for larger aircraft...the queasy feeling that this some people flying turboprops and older piston-engine propeller aircraft isn't entirely unwarranted. Over the past five years regional airlines like American Eagle... have averaged 5.1 accidents per million departures (compared to commuter airlines at 6.6 and big carriers at 2.9)"
  • High Flying at DIA

    Westword conducts a number of investigations on government contracts at Denver International Airport, uncovering rampant waste, cronyism and questionable spending. The series finds that a public relations firm hired by the city tried to put a positive spin on DIA coverage in the media; law firm invoices showed that the bond work performed by law firms was less vital and less complex that the public was led to believe
  • Toxic Turbulence

    WLS-TV (Chicago) investigates why thousands of passengers flying to the U.S. from more than a dozen foreign countries are sprayed with pesticide, in the plane cabin, before they land. Passengers are getting sick and several airlines are getting sued over a practice done for decades. As a result of the story several foreign air carriers were notified that they did not need to spray inbound passengers and that they were breaking U.S. regulation by doing so prior to landing, 1994.
  • Fear of Flying; Unfit to Fly

    Dateline NBC conducted a computer analysis of commuter airline safety and found widespread problems, including pilots falling asleep at the controls, and the FAA reduced the fines it imposed against commuter airlines. The series also investigated the differences in safety regulation between commuter planes and major airlines, showing how these can have an impact on safety, Nov. 15, 21, 1994.