Airline Industry Warms to Costly Real-Time Tracking After Flight 370

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  1. Newscience

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    Airline Industry Warms to Costly Real-Time Tracking After Flight 370

    The Wall Street Journal
    By Andy Pasztor and Jon Ostrower
    April 2, 2014

    "The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is prompting leaders of the global airline industry to warm up to a safety measure they long have resisted as too expensive: real-time satellite tracking of practically all airliners."

    Real-time tracking could cost the airlines hundreds of thousands of dollars per plane.

    Read the entire article here:

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles...0001424052702304886904579475903816035002.html
     
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    On the other hand, disabling the OFF button in flight on the current system will cost close to nothing. ;)
    But it's hard to stop a feeding frenzy once it gets going.
     
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    But that would require common sense and a little thought ;)
     
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    I wonder if there's room for another surcharge!
     
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    And have a process to "follow-up" when the plane you are tracking is lost and/or to ensure proper handing over across boundaries would also be costless.
    Scratch that.... You would probably need to send the staff for training and yearly re-trainings to remind them the right way to track a plane and the union might not be happy of the increased workload without due compensation.
     
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    From everything I've read, that's not quite as true as many would like to believe. The cost will have to do with making sure that the current system does not provide false information, which apparently it does from time to time. And false infromation is worse than no information.
     
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