High Anxiety and Rage

Air passengers fume about lapses in safety and service

Gazing out of her window as she rode a jumbo jet from London to Newark last * Wednesday, Passenger Candi Meacham was enjoying the clear blue Atlantic vista when her reverie was rudely shattered. Suddenly what had at first seemed to be just a speck in the sky became another airliner that was streaking right toward her Continental Airlines 747. "I knew it was going to hit us," the Jacksonville homemaker recalled with a shudder.

The oncoming L-1011, which had strayed 60 miles off its London-to- Cincinnati flight path, was traveling at the same altitude as the 747 and closing quickly....