Behind the Chaos in the Skies

The FAA says flying has never been safer. But critics contend that the spate of plane groundings shows airlines are finally getting serious about safety

For air travelers, the skies have turned particularly unfriendly. On Apr. 2, United Airlines (UAUA) grounded its 52 Boeing 777s for safety tests. That followed a spate of flight cancellations in the last month, including groundings by American (AMR) and Delta (DAL).

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