Sleeping Pilots: New Rules in Place

Do changes to air safety address crash risk caused by fatigue?
2:27 | 12/21/11

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The most sweeping changes in pilot rules and half a century. 91 million Americans are traveling for the holidays many by air. And the new rules are supposed to make flying safer by preventing palate fatigue a factor in so many crashes. But do these new rules go far enough. ABC's chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross has reported extensively on pilots too tired to fly. Today's new public fatigue rules are meant to prevent accidents like this one. The crash of a -- and their commuter jet from Newark to buffalo in 2009. In which fifty people died. Neither the pilot -- the first officer had slept in -- bed the night before they had committed to divert from Florida and Washington State. -- could be heard on the cockpit voice recorder this new rule will afford pilots the opportunity. To get eight hours. Uninterrupted sleep before a flight. The rules would also reduce the number of on duty hours for a pot. But only from a maximum of sixteen hours a day to fourteen hours a day I'm very distressed over these rules because they don't go anywhere near -- And some say the new rules fall substantially -- dealing with the problems of pilots who could do to the base flying in from distant cities to Begin their duty. Younger less well paid pilots and up sleeping in so called crash -- like this one ABC news found near LaGuardia Airport in New York. But stacks of bunk beds 24 to a room. Or trying to grab sleep in pilot lounges where experts say the quality of sleep is badly impaired. These new rules do not stop the danger of commuting pilots. The FAA says the new rules require the airlines to recognize the problem but puts the responsibility. On the pilots to certify that they are fit for duty. -- pilot reports that he or she is 58 in the airline must remove the pilot from Judy. But former commuting pilots including Josh heard me say that won't work. Because pilots may still face disciplinary action from their airlines if their report they are -- Without actual protection by the FAA in the rules. For pilots -- -- the team you're gonna see that a balance process. In fact the National Transportation Safety Board is adding its own concert tonight telling ABC news it was disappointed in the FAA's final rules on this issue. And see it as an ongoing. Unresolved safety should certainly be more pressure for even tighter rules -- right thanks very much.

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