US lawmakers call for FBI probe of ‘fraudulent leasing’ of airliners

The U.S. Senate on Monday called for the FBI to investigate “fraudulently leasing” commercial airliners in the U.K., arguing that such practices could have been uncovered earlier.

“This is not just a question of fraud.

This is a question about systemic abuse,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said during a hearing.

“We know that the leasing practices of some airlines are so rampant that they are essentially creating a black market for air travel in this country.”

In his opening remarks, Leahy said the FAA “needs to take urgent steps to end this systemic abuse of the leasing system” and the government should provide incentives for companies to “provide a quality, affordable service.”

In a statement, the Department of Transportation said the U-turn on the issue of the government’s role in air travel was “an appropriate response to the urgent need for this legislation to be passed.”

The FAA has already taken several steps to address the issue, including suspending the leasing of commercial air carriers and prohibiting foreign carriers from leasing U.F.O.s.

In a statement on Monday, the FAA said it is “committed to finding a way to make air travel safer, more affordable, and more reliable for the American public.”

The Senate, which last week passed a measure that would authorize the FAA to require airlines to provide passengers with a boarding pass for each plane they fly, has been a longtime critic of the FAA.

The FAA has long pushed for stricter enforcement of air travel regulations, particularly the rule requiring that all U.H.I.

Vs be equipped with air bags.

In recent months, the agency has also taken a tougher stance on foreign air carriers, banning them from operating in the country.

The FAA last week suspended the leasing in some U.C.

Os. from France’s Alenia Aermacchi and British Airways.

The measure, which has bipartisan support, would give the FAA the authority to fine airlines up to $100,000 if they violate the rules.

The agency has been pushing for tougher penalties, including requiring airlines to be more transparent about the safety and quality of their services.

The legislation, introduced by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., passed the House of Representatives in July, but it failed to advance in the Senate.

The House passed the bill last month, but the Senate has yet to take up the measure.