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American Airlines: Nothing Special in the Air

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What the hell is up with air travel these days?

Another day, another 850 flights canceled because government officials have failed us yet again. Yes, we blame the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA[IIL]). And so does American Airlines:

American is cancelling several hundred flights starting on April 8 to conduct additional inspections of its MD-80 fleet. These inspections are to ensure precise and complete compliance with the FAA's directive related to wiring in the aircraft's wheel wells... --
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Because the FAA neglected to effectively order timely inspections, thousands of passenger flights have been grounded in the past couple weeks -- at least 1,350 American Airlines flights in the past two days alone. Other airlines have also ceased operations on a moments notice recently -- no Bear Stearns-style federal bailouts here.