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NEEDLESS REGULATIONS WASTING BILLIONS, AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION SAYS

NEEDLESS REGULATIONS WASTING BILLIONS, AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION SAYS
 WASHINGTON, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The federal government is jeopardizing the future of the financially beleaguered airline industry with costly regulations that produce little if any benefit to travelers, an industry official said today.
 "The airlines are being asked to spend billions on unwarranted government regulations that produce little or no bang for the buck," Robert J. Aaronson, president of the Air Transport Association, said in a speech to the National Aviation Club.
 Aaronson cited as one example a proposal of the Federal Aviation Administration that airlines fingerprint and do background checks on hundreds of thousands of airline employees. He called the proposal "a knee-jerk response to Pan Am 103 that will cost the airline industry $220 million initially and $35 million per year" without offering passengers any additional protection.
 He noted that the enabling law specifies 27 felonies that can be reported to an employer as a result of performing a background check on an applicant or employee. None of these has ever been connected to a terrorist crime against airlines.
 "We simply cannot afford such regulations while still keeping air transportation affordable and airline companies in business," he said.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Jackman of the Air Transport Association, 202-626-4172/ CO: Air Transport Association ST: District of Columbia IN: AIR SU:


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