FLY RIGHT!

THE FAA MOVES TO CLEAN UP THE MESS AT MESA AIR

Mesa Air Group, the largest independently owned commuter airline in the U.S., has long caught heavy flak for its mechanical glitches, overbooking and pervasive incompetence. The company fired five workers last summer after a co-pilot's girlfriend (also a Mesa employee) took the cockpit jump seat on a flight from Casper, Wyoming, to Denver, forcing an off-duty pilot to occupy the plane's only bathroom. But last week Mesa agreed to fly right by signing a Federal Aviation Administration order requiring the carrier to improve its operations and pay a $500,000 fine. The FAA will halve the penalty if fast-growing Mesa meets deadlines...

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