The law does not require that the FAA address the issue of "commuting," an industry-wide system in which crew members live far from where the airports where they are based, sometimes more than a thousand miles away, because of the cost of living in large hub cities. For crew members with starting salaries of $17,000 a year this can prove treacherous, pilots tell ABC News, when pilots try to get what sleep they can in crash pads and crew rooms.
The families of the Flight 3407 victims are concerned that final FAA rules may be watered down under pressure from the industry and an altered landscape in Congress.
"We've worked with members of Congress and they advise us very openly that the airlines, the industry and the lobbyists visit them on a regular basis," Maurer said.
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In a press conference held earlier this week in Washington, D.C., the families stressed that the law "will only be as strong as the regulations that come forth from it, to be executed by the Federal Aviation Administration."
Maurer says pilots and industry need to work closer together. "If they can't, then it is up to our government to step in and intercede and make something happen."
More than 150 family members of Flight 3407 are expected in Clarence Center, N.Y., this weekend. They plan to gather at the crash site, read the names of the victims and light a candle for each life lost.