The National Research Council asked 84 airlines to report on their pilots' commute and fatigue policies. Only 33 airlines responded, but the council collected enough data to suggest that pilots' long commutes could cause fatigue. "The problem is that we just don't know what proportion of pilots are commuting in an irresponsible manner," said Clint Oster, chairman of the research committee. "For whatever reason, I don't think [airlines] know the commuting patterns of their pilots because they have never had a reason to collect it."

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