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What Deregulation Has Meant for Airline Safety

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Publication Date: November 1986

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James L. Gattuso

Topic: Transportation (Air transport)

Keywords: Regulation

Type: Report


Policy makers must not be complacent about air safety. The Federal Aviation Administration must continue to enforce strictly the air safety rules and impose tough penalties on airlines that violate them. To improve safety further, the nation's air traffic control system must be reformed. Under bureaucratic federal control, necessary improvement and expansion of the system has been hampered unnecessarily. Transferring the system from government hands to the private sector would improve significantly an already highly safe air travel system by spurring technological development and reducing delays.