Is 60 Too Old?

It is for airline pilots, says the FAA. But some pilots are challenging the agency's retirement rule

Next Jan. 24, chief pilot Lanny McAndrew will be entrusted with a $57 million airplane, the lives of more than 100 passengers and the perfect safety record of his employer, JetBlue Airways. He will slide into the left seat of the A320 aircraft's cockpit, fly one of JetBlue's routes and return home to New York City. The following day McAndrew, 59, will no longer be qualified to be an airline pilot. "The government says overnight I'll become old and sick, so I better check into a hospital, right?" he asks mockingly.

McAndrew and thousands of other airline pilots are caught...

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