Are U.S. planes safe enough?

By Anna Norris

Are U.S. planes safe enough?

July 27, 2014 Updated Jul 27, 2014 at 3:27 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 attack, as well as the close calls in Tel Aviv this week, have caused U.S. leaders to question the safety of American passenger planes.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Steve Israel called on the Department of Homeland Security to assess whether American passenger planes should now be equipped with anti-missile devices.

The most recent study of this technology was completed by the Department of Homeland Security in 2004.

That study did not lead to any changes on planes.

Schumer and Israel said now is the time for federal action, and there is no price too high to protect American flyers.

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