Airlines restrict fuel to cut cost
To save money, airline execs seek to lighten fuel load.
By Joan Lowy
Saturday, August 09, 2008
WASHINGTON — Pilots are complaining that their airline bosses, desperate to cut costs, are forcing them to fly uncomfortably low on fuel.
Safety for passengers and crews could be compromised, they say.
The situation got bad enough three years ago, even before the latest surge in fuel prices, that NASA sent a safety alert to federal aviation officials.
There has been no action.