The airline industry largely policies itself when it comes to safety, but can that change after Boeing crashes?

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A Boeing test version of the new 737-800 MAX. Note the "experimental" sticker at the top / right of the rear door. Photo credit: John Crowley [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Two planes, both Boeing 737 Max 8s, crashed in Ethiopia this month and in Indonesia last October. The U.S. was one of the last countries to ground 737 Max 8s earlier this month, leading to questions about U.S. government officials being too cozy with Boeing. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg released a statement this week saying the company was “humbled and learning” from the crashes. There have also been concerns about the FAA’s self-certification policy that allows Boeing to verify the safety of its own planes.

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Guest:
Aaron Gregg - covers the Defense industry for the Washington Post

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Yael Even Or, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Caitlin Plummer, Rosalie Atkinson, Adriana Cargill