Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., plans to introduce a bill that would give airline companies access to voice recordings made in the cockpits of their planes. DeMint sees the Pilot Professionalism Assurance Act as a way to boost safety by allowing airlines to use recordings in personnel decisions, something that is currently forbidden under labor contracts. Unions are expected to vigorously oppose the move, and the FAA's position is unknown.

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