The International Air Transport Assn. yesterday said it opposes a reported initiative by the European Commission to develop a "blacklist" of airline companies determined to be operating unsafely. In a statement, the organization said, "Efforts on safety should have a direct and positive impact. Blacklisting is punitive and does nothing to directly improve safety." It also stated that the industry's success at reducing fatal accidents "has been largely the result of global standards and ...

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