Safety first?

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The FAA has been given the all clear to certify Boeing's new, longer version of its 777-300 aircraft without doing an evacuation test.

Let's review: The longest commercial airplane on Earth, 33 feet longer than its predecessor and with 110 more seats, has two new emergency exits.

FAA rules specify that anyone applying to certify new aircraft with a passenger capacity increased by more than 5% has two choices: they either must conduct a full-scale test or submit the math they did showing that the plane can meet FAA evacuation standards.

Boeing opted to go with the arithmetic option. A consumer group took its safety concerns to court and lost.

Agents, of course, are used to the airline industry treating them like a bad cold. Now, airline passengers are supposed to pin their safety on a math test? What crust.

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