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The Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft is seen at Portland International Airport on January 9, 2024 in Oregon. The plane made an emergency landing following a midair fuselage blowout on Jan. 5. None of the 171 passengers and six crew members was seriously injured. Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Getty Images hide caption

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Then-President Barack Obama walks down the stairs of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner at the company's production facility in Everett, Wash., in 2012. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'Cozy' relationship between Boeing and the U.S. draws scrutiny amid 737 Max 9 mess

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The door plug area of an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft, seen with the paneling removed, awaits inspection Wednesday at the airline's facilities at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. Lindsey Wasson/AP hide caption

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The FAA is tightening oversight of Boeing and will audit production of the 737 Max 9

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Pristine Floyde searches for a friend's suitcase in a baggage holding area for Southwest Airlines at Denver International Airport in December 2022. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images hide caption

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Southwest will pay a $140 million fine for its meltdown during the 2022 holidays

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United Air Lines planes line up along the busy Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, on the eve of Thanksgiving on November 23, 2022. Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A strained U.S. aviation system braces for a record-setting week of holiday travel

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National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy (left) testifies at a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on aviation safety, with Air Line Pilots Association President Capt. Jason Ambrosi (center) and National Air Traffic Controller Association President Rich Santa (right). Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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A shortage of air traffic controllers is hurting safety, aviation experts warn Senate

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Michael Whitaker of Vermont testifies during his nomination to be administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, Oct. 4, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mariam Zuhaib/AP hide caption

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A United Airlines Boeing 737 airplane passes a Southwest Airlines jet while taking off from Los Angeles International Airport on September 11, 2023. Patrick T. Fallon. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A plane arrives at Salt Lake City International Airport, in Salt Lake City on March 9, 2021. Federal officials say they're asking the FBI to consider criminal prosecution of nearly two dozen more airline passengers accused of disturbances on flights. The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023 that it has now referred more than 270 cases to the FBI since late 2021. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration Billy Nolen, testifies during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing to examine the implementation of the Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act, on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mariam Zuhaib/AP hide caption

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Phillip Washington, the nominee to become administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 1, 2023. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Passengers check in at Southwest Airlines' self-serve kiosks at Chicago's Midway Airport as delays stemming from a computer outage at the Federal Aviation Administration brought flights to a standstill across the U.S. on Wednesday. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Travelers wait in the terminal as an Alaska Airlines plane sits at a gate at Los Angeles International Airport early Wednesday. Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Travelers move through Salt Lake City International Airport on Aug. 17, 2021. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that it's seeking record civil fines against two passengers who assaulted other people on flights last summer. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Boeing employees walk the new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner down towards the delivery ramp area at the company's facility in South Carolina after conducting its first test flight in March 2017. Mic Smith/AP file photo hide caption

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Planes that remain subject to flight restrictions around 5G cellphone towers are disproportionately smaller jets flown by regional airlines. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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The Federal Aviation Administration must fix oversight weaknesses found following the Boeing 737 Max crashes, according to a new report from the Transportation Department's inspector general. Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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United Airlines Flight 328 approaching Denver International Airport, after experiencing "a right-engine failure" shortly after takeoff from Denver. The FAA issued an order on Tuesday grounding all aircraft powered by the same Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engine until they've been inspected. Hayden Smith/AP hide caption

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