Sky-High Standards

Transport officials at the European Union are so worked up over recent plane crashes in Greece and Venezuela, which killed 281 people, that they are considering drafting a blacklist for airlines--mostly in Africa and South America--that fail to meet standards set by such groups as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a Montreal-based U.N. agency. U.S. officials and industry sources think that an airline blacklist would create unneeded stigmas. Instead, the Federal Aviation Administration monitors air-safety systems by country and restricts flights to the U.S. from 26 nations that fall short of ICAO standards. Says a government source: "There are already...

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