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Category Archives: Safety and Security

Will standing seats enter the cabin?

Standing seatsThe Boeing 777 is originally designed with 9 seats abreast in economy class. Only the widest planes - Boeing 747 and Airbus 380 – are designed with 10 seats per row. However, airlines searching for higher profits decided to squeeze an extra seat into each row in economy class. Meanwhile, the industry standard is 10 seats abreast in the Boeing 777.

Standing seats

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Holding Russia liable for downing MH17

Malaysia AirlinesOn May 23, 2018 Australia and the Netherlands announce they are holding Russia liable for downing a codeshare flight of Malaysia Airlines (MH17) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL4103) on July 17, 2014.

Downing of flight MH17

The Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok visits Australia In late March 2019. His ministry quotes him as saying: ‘I want to stress: we will not rest until we have uncovered the truth surrounding the downing of flight MH17 and achieved justice for the victims and next of kin".

Unwise statement

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Aviation safety in former Soviet Union low

Despite the 2 crashes of Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes in 2019, flying remains the safest mode of transport. In 2018, some 4.3 billion passengers flew safely on 46.1 million flights. There is 1 accident for every 740,000 flights according to 2018 safety data of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Flying is getting safer

Moreover, flying is getting safer overall. If safety in 2018 had remained at the same level as in 2013, there would have been 109 accidents instead of the 62 that actually occurred. Also, there would...
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How dependent is the FAA on Boeing?

Boeing 737 MAX 8Following a second disaster with a Boeing 737 MAX 8, all countries but 1 ground the aircraft. Eventually, the USA does the same as the very last. Not the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) makes the decision, but rather president Trump. This is one of the rare good decisions he made since taking office.

Fraud?

Two federal agencies, the US Department of Justice and the US Department of Transportation, are conducting a criminal probe of Boeing, according to The...
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How dangerous is a lightning strike?

JetBlueA jetBlue flight departs Los Angeles International Airport on January 31, 2019, when a lightning strike occurs. The captain decides to turn around to make an emergency landing. As the fuel tanks are fully loaded it is going to be an overweight landing. Less than an hour after takeoff the plane is back on the ground.

Another emergency landing

The same morning, a lightning also strikes a Southwest Airlines flight departing the same airport. This aircraft makes an emergency landing as well, although in nearby Oakland.
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How useful are air marshals?

air marshalThe Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has investigated the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), which is part of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The conclusion is shocking, but doesn't come as a surprise. Air marshals are not very useful as half of the FAMS budget could be put to better use.

Inefficient use of funds

According to the Inspector General's report, no less than $394 million (€349 million) in funds could be spent better. The total FAMS budget amounts to...
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