WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIVB) - Another year-long battle is ending on Capitol Hill, with a voteunderway to bolster airline safety in the wake of the Flight 3407tragedy.
This vote is expected to come Monday night on the Senate floor,and the families of Flight 3407 victims think it a bigimprovement.
The Senate is expected to pass a Re-authorization Bill that willrequire all commercial co-pilots to have at least 800 hours ofin-flight training that includes some nighttime flying and evenreal-life icing conditions. That is more than triple the 250 hoursthat co-pilots are required to have now. This bill will also makepurchasing airline tickets more transparent.
Senator Charles Schumer said, "After this bill passes, when yougo online and you're not flying Continental, but rather Colgan, acommuter airline under the umbrella of one of the regionalairlines, you'll notice that online, and if you choose not to flythis commuter airline, that'll be your choice."
"Ya know, when Darren bought his ticket, it said Continental. Inever heard of Colgan Airlines before February 12," said RobinTolsma, wife of Flight 3407 victim.
This bill is also expected to gain easy passage in the House,then be signed by the President probably by July. Senator Schumerexpects it will become law by Labor Day.
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