Besides the loss of US jobs, the larger concern is the danger to public safety or national security that arises from the offshoring maintenance work on commercial aircraft fleets.
Most passengers don’t know that all US airlines have at least some of their commercial planes serviced overseas, far from the oversight of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Presently, major airline maintenance work is outsourced to El Salvador, Mexico, and China, where few mechanics are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and inspections have imperceptible authority.
American Airlines was the lone commercial airline holdout that didn’t outsource, but even that has changed recently.
The US government acknowledges “critical exceptions” that effectively create two sets of rules on plane maintenance.
When U.S. airline fleets are serviced outside the country, those exceptions can include:
As we know, US airlines are in a cost-cutting race to the bottom – not only with tight seats and ‘gotcha’ fees – but also with safety and security.
Officially losing the right to travel within your country
As of last Friday, more than two-dozen states and U.S. territories were not yet deemed in full compliance of the Real ID Act.
IMPORTANT – Americans with driver’s licenses from the below states will be outlawed from traveling in January 2018:
But the federal government is still reviewing extension requests for six additional states and five U.S. territories:
NOTE: South Carolina believes they will get an extension.
This is a consequence of the REAL ID act which seeks to enforce a National ID on US citizens by forcing states to pay more for IDs with some advanced security features.
But, since TSA is already physically searching travelers, then why is this important?
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