"Airline Safety" will describe some of the modern problems with American Air Transportation and compare it to other forms of transportation

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If you only had to pay for one fourth of your harmful actions or serve one fourth of your jail term, would you be happy? On average major airlines only have to pay a quarter for every dollar of fines that they are issued by the FAA, the Federal Aviation Administration (Staller, Most Fines Get Watered Down, http://www.usatoday.com). This can be true in cases that involve forgetting to complete paperwork to not screening luggage for explosives. Some people believe that air travel is one of the safest forms of transportation, while others question its safety. This report will examine the factors, points of views, and statistics of airline incidents that involve safety.

When flying, the passengers of a commercial airline have many more things to worry about then getting to their destination on time. They have to be concerned about their personal safety. Many politicians and airplane passengers should and are worried about airline safety.

Some of these worries include what condition the plane is in, who is flying the plane, and the new threat of what some experts call, "falling baggage."

Most federal regulators give airlines flexibility, but a typical maintenance schedule is usually followed by all of the airlines according to Boeing Corporation, a manufacturer of commercial planes (Maintenance Issues Related To Safety, http://www.boeing.com). Flight crews and on-board computers can usually monitor most of the planes interior components and its engines, but routine inspections are usually performed to inspect the plane's surface area and other places that aren't monitored by computers. Several times a day the airline personnel perform "walk around" checks in which they look for leakage of fluids and problems with surface area of the plane. These problems include dents and cracks. Every three to five days the plane's lighting, landing gear, fluid levels, and exterior...