Sun, Apr 13, 2008
Aero-News: Quote of the Day
ANN's Quote of the Day usually
derives from current news, though we reserve the right to pick
quotes out of history that have a bearing on the day's events and
Sometimes, you'll find them timely and in keeping with the
content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be
Reader suggestions and comments are welcome... and if
particularly intriguing, timely, or poignant, may themselves become
future Quotes of the Day.
Let us hear from you, folks!
Aero-News Quote of the Day
"You've got hundreds of thousands of people
inconvenienced, jobs being threatened, and it's got nothing to do
with improving safety."
Source: Airline analyst Michael Boyd, commeting
on the FAA's grounding of 300 American Airlines planes to inspect
wiring bundles. Inspectors reportedly found bundles bound tighter
than the required 1.25-inch spec -- about a one-inch clearance --
on several of American's MD-80s. That relatively minor difference
has many questioning whether the FAA's strict response wasn't
politically-minded posturing. In an interview Friday with
Bloomberg, airline consultant Michael Boyd openly questioned the
motives of the agency, and Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell --
saying the FAA was "playing politics," in order to "look like
they're tough" in the face of congressional scrutiny.
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