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Danger Week Continues: Air India Pilots Threaten to Stop Flying to Kabul

Air India’s pilots have threatened to stop flying to Kabul if the airline does not give it clearer guidelines to protect their safety when they fly to the region.  The pilots blame poor air traffic control, guidelines for whether they can takeoff or land with poor visibility, and procedures for handling a hijacking.  For their part, Air India brass say that flying to Kabul is perfectly safe, and that guidelines have been established and are being followed.  They also add that there is a prestige in flying to Kabul, and that “everybody is flying to Kabul.”  Everybody is Ariana Afghan Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Safi Airways, and Kam Air.  And JetBlue.  OK, not JetBlue.

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