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Flags of Convenience: A Rising Threat to Airline Industry Jobs

On May 24, The Daily Caller published an op-ed by Captain Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association. Here is an excerpt:

The U.S. airline industry operates over 11 million flights per year and carries more than one-third of the world's total air traffic. It's an industry that drives economic activity and supports over 10 million jobs across the United States. But today, those jobs are in jeopardy because of a growing trend that threatens to kick off a global race to the bottom in airline standards.

This trend involves so-called flag-of-convenience schemes, which allow operators of transportation companies to determine the location of their headquarters based on a country's regulatory climate. Some airlines are doing just that to "operate" in countries with relaxed regulatory structures, allowing them to pay workers lower wages and forgo long-held safety standards. These schemes also allow airlines to outsource cheap labor for their operations. That means pilots and flight attendants can be hired from a variety of countries around the world where traditional labor and safety standards do not apply.

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