Investigations: Grounded: One Airline Inquiry

President Reagan has halted a federal grand jury investigation into alleged antitrust violations involving air travel between the U.S. and Britain. In a terse statement last week, the Justice Department said that the decision was based on "foreign policy reasons." Said Department Spokesman Mark Sheehan: "You can't expect the President to explain foreign policy decisions. It is enough for him to consider the factors and decide."

In fact, the inquiry had struck a discordant note in Anglo-American relations. The criminal investigation, begun in 1983, was supposedly looking into the possibility that British Airways and other North Atlantic carriers had conspired to...

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