Greed by airlines: Unsafe American skies and death in an emergency

Greed by airlines: Unsafe American skies and death in an emergency

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Passengers evacuate American Airlines flight 383 after the plane caught fire upon takeoff Oct. 28, 2016 at O’Hare

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Every second counts after an emergency landing. Are Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, United, Delta, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and other airlines still able to evacuate their planes safely within the mandated 90 seconds in case of an emergency? If no, this can cost lives.

Every airline in the world agrees on putting safety first? How true is this statement when a maximum load and the least amount of space guarantees maximum profits? The low-cost airline business philosophy has long spilled over to most carriers, especially in the United States, Canada, and Europe

The U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General has initiated an audit to determine whether evacuations under current aircraft conditions can still meet the 90-second standard deplaning of passengers in an emergency.

The FAA standards haven’t changed significantly since 1990, but industry and consumer behavior have, the inspector general said in a statement today,

Could it mean that what this statement says could bring U.S. air travel to a standstill?
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