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Stale Cockpit Air Could Dull Airline Pilot Performance

That poorly ventilated conference room isn’t the only place with the potential for sick-air syndrome. Airliner cockpits can also have levels of carbon dioxide elevated enough that in simulations it causes pilots to fail test maneuvers at higher rates than …

American’s Pilots Say It Flies On the Edge of Safety Rules

Efforts by American Airlines to keep flights on schedule during the summer travel season are on the verge of violating safety rules, according to the union for the carrier’s pilots. The world’s biggest airline has been increasing aircraft speeds, re-routing …

U.S. Boosts Training to Identify Airline Pilots’ Mental Health Issues

U.S. regulators have increased training for the doctors who screen airline pilots so they can better spot mental health issues in the wake of last year’s suicide that killed 150 people on a Germanwings flight deliberately crashed in the French …

Drones Considered Big Threat to Airline Safety

You’re landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on the “expressway” approach—it’s called that because you come in low enough to buzz the Grand Central Parkway and Mets’ Citi Field before dropping down quickly on a runway that perches over the …

Two Years After Jet Goes Missing, Airlines Slow to Adopt Safety Technologies

Airline safety standards are changing in the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 nearly two years ago, but the head of one of the world’s top air crash investigation agencies says it’s not happening fast enough. On …

Airlines Learn From Accident Close Calls, Room for Improvement Still Needed

Travel via large U.S. commercial airlines is among the world’s safest transportation modes, but airlines may be lulled into a false confidence when they interpret averted collisions and other near-misses as proof that their safety systems are satisfactory, according to …

Ex-Pilot Sues Airline He Says Should Not Have Let Him Fly

A former JetBlue Airways Corp. pilot whose midair meltdown forced an emergency landing of a 2012 flight on Friday sued the carrier for $14.9 million, saying it should have grounded him because it knew he was incapable of flying. Clayton …

Experts Assess Liability, Insurance Issues in Germanwings Crash

Deutsche Lufthansa AG may face unlimited liability for payments to families of victims of the Germanwings jet crashed by its suicidal co-pilot, according to lawyers. “The liability for the victims would be uncapped,” said George Leloudas, a lecturer at Swansea …

Airlines Report More Deaths, Fewer Accidents in 2014

The number of deaths in jetliner disasters spiked last year despite there being fewer accidents in total, an international airline industry group said Monday. The International Air Transport Association said in its annual safety report that 641 people died in …

Airlines Consider Stricter No-Fly Zones Over War Zones

A universal no-fly area declared in eastern Ukraine after the downing of Malaysian Air Flight 17 is a rare restriction currently shared only with North Korea, prompting airlines including Deutsche Lufthansa AG to question whether rules for flights over war …