WASHINGTON, D.C.- A former Marine captain who served in Vietnam, James May is no stranger to tough missions. He's got plenty of them these days as chief executive of the Air Transport Association, the trade group representing the biggest U.S. airlines. Last week, for instance, May was an industry point man in responding to the furor over JetBlue's passenger-stranding debacle.
But on May's priorities list, the passenger-rights controversy falls well below another big-ticket item: the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, whose programs expire next September.
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