Turbulent Times for America's Airlines

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After whistle-blowers told Congress the Federal Aviation Administration allowed Southwest Airlines to by-pass inspections, thousands of flights have been grounded. Is it really about safety, or is the FAA trying to reassert itself? Has the Bush Administration gone overboard with deregulation? Can the airline industry as we know it survive the skyrocketing price of fuel? Also, despite concerns about its "despicable crime," Jimmy Carter will meet with Hamas leaders in Syria, and an $8 billion project in Switzerland will re-created the conditions that existed just after the Big Bang. Will a quantum advance into the unknown also carry unknowable risks?

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Warren Olney