The FAA has received more than 14,000 reports of safety lapses in the year and a half since granting immunity to air traffic controllers who file such reports. The cases are considered overwhelmingly minor, but better reporting has allowed officials to correct problems ranging from software bugs to inadequate runway signage. Self-reporting programs have long been in place at most airlines, but tense labor relations had prevented the FAA from implementing such a program among air traffic controllers.

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