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The Nation

July 22, 1987

The Administration asked Congress to increase fines tenfold against airlines violating safety rules and to make it a federal crime for unauthorized persons willfully to enter restricted airport areas. Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole said she wants the maximum fine for airlines and other operators of commercial aircraft to be increased from $1,000 to $10,000 for each safety violation. Last year, Congress refused to pass the stronger penalty authority. The existing $1,000 limit has been in force since 1938.

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