Several editorial boards have weighed in on the FAA's efforts to boost scrutiny of maintenance at U.S. carriers. Some observers note that FAA moved away from rigorous inspections after the terror attacks of 2001. One former FAA official said the approach became too collaborative, and inspectors also raised concerns about the shift. Meanwhile, the Star-Telegram board applauds FAA's proactive safety efforts but wonders if inconveniencing so many travelers was truly necessary. "How about exercising some judgment during the transition?" it asks.

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