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Inspectors: FAA pressures us to ignore critical plane problems

(CBS News) Two Federal Aviation Administration inspectors – each with a decade of experience with the FAA – say they have an urgent message for U.S. travelers: “people’s lives” could be at stake. They told CBS News “the flying public needs to wake up” and that people need to know flying “is not as safe as it could be.” Both asked to remain anonymous because they fear losing their jobs for speaking out.

“I’ve had reports that I had entered into our database one day were there and the next morning, they’re gone,” one told “CBS This Morning” co-host Tony Dokoupil.

They say managers at the FAA pressure inspectors like them to ignore critical safety issues like corrosion or making sure vendors were FAA compliant and retaliated if inspectors refused to back off.