Bird strike bill heads to governor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A bill headed to the governor would
help ensure clear skies and smooth takeoffs for Florida travelers.

The bill passed Thursday lets Florida airport employees rid an airport of birds and other animals that could endanger a plane's safety. It follows just months after a US Airways plane was forced to land in the Hudson River after birds damaged its engines during takeoff.

Airports statewide typically scare off birds with non-lethal rounds, but sometimes common birds are killed. Currently an airport employee could face fines or even criminal charges for accidentally killing a rare species.

The proposed law (HB 1065) ensures that wouldn't happen. It passed the Senate on Thursday and had already passed the House.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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