Here’s how DEI in the control tower threatens airline safety

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Congress looks poised to enact a five-year reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration by Friday, May 10. But something critical is missing from the bill: a total ban on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” in the aviation industry.

Diversity, properly understood, can make us – both as individuals and as a society – stronger. In some situations, it pays dividends to have people with different backgrounds, experiences and philosophical viewpoints around the table. It’s hardly controversial to say that. 

But the framework of “DEI” – an entirely different beast due to its ideological thrust – simply doesn’t fly. In the aviation industry, specifically, it’s downright reckless. What’s more, it’s patently illegal, because federal civil rights laws bar race discrimination in employment.

Passengers look for information on their flights, Oct. 10, 2021, at Dallas Love Field. (AP Photo/Julie March)

Recent incidents demonstrate how important it is for employees in and around aircrafts to be skilled. Whether it’s doors blowing off, near-misses in the air or on the tarmac, or unruly passengers, the safe and effective operation of airplanes depends upon individuals who are quick on their feet, knowledgeable and well-trained. Indeed, aviation is an industry that regularly faces rapidly changing

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