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Oberstar worried about airline standards

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Rosemount, 55024
Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar says he is worried that airline maintenance and inspection standards are slipping.

The Minnesota Democrat said airlines hiring other companies to conduct maintenance could be hurting safety.

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In a recent House hearing, Oberstar told Federal Aviation Administration officials about his concern.

"You lose contact with the reality that this is an aircraft, not a piece of paper, not a document popping up on a computer screen," Oberstar said. "I am much more comfortable with hands-on than I am with fingers on the keyboard and pop-up screens."

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