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'Trashy' planes for non-European flights?

Comorians, including Ali Mohammed of the Federation of Comorians in Marseilles, have long accused airlines of using new, well-maintained planes for flights between the Middle East and France, but then switching to older planes not maintained to European standards – aircraft that would not be allowed to land here.

"We saw this might happen. We are put in trashy planes that do not meet the norms," said Farid Soilihi, president of SOS-Voyages for Comorians, a Marseilles lobby for safer travel conditions. "We aren't listened to, even in Comoros. The airlines we fly on don't meet regulations. People are heaped on board like animals, schedules aren't kept, there are always technical problems."

Citing safety concerns, the European Union in 2006 banned 92 airlines, mostly from Africa, from landing at EU airports. Today, with the backdrop of a downed A310 with just one young survivor, and charges of a two-tiered system of safety, the European commissioner for transportation, Antonio Tajani, called for a so-called "black list" to be enforced globally. Mr. Tajani said he would propose the action shortly at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Brussels.

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