Two Shows Shift Focus from Airlines to Government's Problems with Air Travel
How do you prevent runway collisions at Americaâ€™s airports? Fix the FAA, said CNNâ€™s â€śAmerican Morningâ€ť and ABCâ€™s â€śWorld News with Charles Gibson.â€ť
For a change, the media gave the government a hard time about air travel instead of the airlines, reporting on new Federal Aviation Administration guidelines for better runway safety.
"The FAA commission admits that runway collisions are an increasing threat," said ABCâ€™s Lisa Stark, cautioning that new rules could "lead to some more delays," but the report did not indicate the airlines were a part of the problem.
Jessica Yellin at "American Morning" focused on the FAA's problems, explaining, â€śFAA employees say that they donâ€™t have nearly enough staff to handle the 62 million takeoffs and landings every year. At times they say they are asked to work 10-hour days, 6 days a week, leaving them fatigued and more likely to make mistakes.â€ť
Yellin also mentioned improving air traffic control technology, saying the FAA is going to â€ślook at new technology that helps air traffic controllers determine where all the planes are in their taxiing and landing patterns.â€ť
Likewise, CBS's Randall Pinkston held airlines responsible when he said August 12 that it would cost airlines more money to provide more services to passengers but charged: "airline analysts say [the airlines] can afford it." He pointed to Northwest Airlines' $2 billion profit, neglecting to point out its bankruptcy status only a few months prior.
The ABC and CNN reports said the Federal Aviation Administration is recommending new pilot training on taxiing, repainting runways with brighter paint, reviews of airports, and new taxiing procedures to minimize pilot distractions.
The Journal also pointed out that even though there have been calls for more regulation and calls by the head of the Federal Aviation Administration to â€śconsolidate some of their numerous flights on larger planes,â€ť there are two problems with the latter.
â€śOne is that airlines like having more flights with smaller jets. The other is that passengers like it, too,â€ť the Journal said.