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Oberstar worried about airline standards

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.

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."

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.