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March 19th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Time for a tech upgrade for aviation industry?

(CNN) – How, in the era of the NSA and with everyone basically carrying a tracking device in their pockets, did a giant plane get lost?

Truth is, the airline industry still relies heavily on outdated tracking technology. And what good are backstops anyway, when pilots or other individuals can turn them off?

Is there anything coming down the pike that can save lives that the airline industry is willing to pay for?

CNN's Athena Jones takes a look.

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