The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is calling on the Transportation Department to wait for a Justice Department recommendation before approving greater trans-Atlantic cooperation between American Airlines and British Airways. "We hope that you will consider this application very carefully and give appropriate regard to the expertise of the Department of Justice on the effects of the alliance," wrote Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., in a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Though British Airways declined to comment, a spokeswoman for American Airlines says DOT "has a long history of dealing with aviation antitrust issues, and [we] have confidence that it will provide the appropriate level of oversight."

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