What don't Airlines Know about our Planes?

Behind The News
March 27, 2008 12:26:42 PM PDT
Let me get this right. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled in the past two days by American and Delta Airlines - after federal audits found wiring problems on some of their planes. Helloooooo? It took federal inspectors to find these problems? Don't the airlines have their own people who look out for these kinds of problems?

Call me naïve if you'd like -- and many of you have -- but it seems to me that the airlines shouldn't have to wait till outsiders tell them there's a problem before they are moved to fix it.

The latest problems were sparked by the bumbling inspections - which is to say the lack of inspections - of Southwest Airlines older 737 aircraft earlier this month.

We'll have the latest on the cancellations, and the problems, tonight at 11.

And transportation problems on the ground, again -- for the second straight day. Yesterday it was New Jersey Transit and Amtrak, today it was the Long Island Railroad.

Two LIRR trains decided to go bump in the day. One of them derailed at the Jamaica Station, and that tied up eastbound service for nearly an hour.

Delays are expected to average about half an hour through the evening rush.

We're also up in Suffern in Rockland County, where there figures to be an emotional and heated meeting tonight. The subject: illegal immigrants, and whether the village's police department will be allowed to use the county jail to house immigrants who are arrested.

The State Correction Commission has said no, it can't use the county jail. But the village has other ideas.

This is all tied to a federal proposal to cross-deputize Suffern cops so they can act as federal immigration officers.

Carolina Leid is covering the story for us tonight.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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