In this 1940 National Aeronautics column, Jerry Lederer discusses the question of balancing civil liberties against regulations for flight safety.
He suggests that individual rights should be abridged at "the point where an extension of these rights would endanger the Public Safety or the public welfare" and that in many cases education—rather than regulation—can serve the role of ensuring safety. Regulations should be put into place in those situations where the average person is unlikely to have the means, skill, or knowledge to ensure safety.
Did you know?
Jerome F. (Jerry) Lederer has been called the "father of aviation safety." Already known for his work in the aviation insurance industry, a few months after the publication of this article Lederer was appointed as the first Director of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Safety Bureau.
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