ABC Evening News for Friday, Aug 14, 1981
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(Studio) Implications of federal judge's recommendation that PATCO be decertified as bargaining agent for air traffic controllers noted. Govt. reported beginning investigation of alleged efforts to mislead commercial airline pilots by giving them wrong instructions while in the air.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Ruling of Judge John H. Fenton regarding PATCO and its president Robert Poli examined; details outlined on screen. Implications of ruling for PATCO noted. [Trans. Secretary Drew LEWIS and POLI - react to ruling.] Allegations that pilots received phony instructions while in the air examined; incident at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, described as example Audio tape of tower and pilot played; conversation transcribed on screen. [LEWIS - notes intensity of investigation into phony instructions.] [POLI - cites union's lack of support for such incidents.]
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory
(Studio) British air traffic controllers reported voting against show of support for American controllers.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(NYC) Possible financial boost given airlines by cutbacks deemed necessary due to controllers' strike examined; Carter administration's deregulation of airlines and following air fare war recalled. television commercials shown. [Kidder Peabody Company airline analyst Alfred NORLING - outlines his prediction of future airline pricing.] Airlines' response to strike, in terms of flight cutbacks, outlined; United Air Lines cited as example Anticipated changes in airlines on long-term basis discussed. [NORLING - thinks airlines could benefit from present situation.] [Civil Aeronautics Board spokesperson Marvin COHEN - notes strike's impact on commuters.] [Muse Airlines president Michael MUSE - explains his airline's gain from strike.] Further details of anticipated cutbacks outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Cordtz
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