JetBlue flight attendant Steve Slater faces criminal charges for deploying the plane's emergency chute. But the passenger blamed for setting off his tirade could also face charges or fines.
In May, the FAA issued regulations requiring far more detailed inspections of Boeing fuselages like the one that developed a hole Monday.
The agency cites new 'improvements' to safety record, airline oversight. Critics say its industry ties remain too tight.
With four major carriers having grounded planes, FAA whistle-blowers will testify Thursday before Congress.