The news about the death of an aged pilot of the Continental Airlines on flight controls on the Brussels to New York stretch has raised concerns about compromise of safety by airlines. In America after years of debate, pilot unions and some airlines had argued for extension in age limit for utilization of pilots from 60 years to 65 years. The argument of the pilots was based on the state of the art medical surveillance technology available in USA along with the substantial saving made by the airlines on training costs. This whole exercise was done to facilitate the higher earning of a few powerful groups that dominated the airline industry. It is noteworthy that the French civil aviation continues to have its reservation for age extension to pilots flying commercial passenger aircrafts over their airspace. The extension in age of utilization required a more extensive medical surveillance, which requires stricter monitoring and more periodical checkups. It now emerges that airline industry, hit by recession has failed to implement the safety measures for this extension facility strictly in accordance with requirements that were agreed upon at the time of granting the extension in age to pilots. -SYED T. HASSAN, New York, USA, via e-mail, June 10.