That’s the question raised by Billy Cox of the Sarasota (FL) Herald Tribune at his blog. His piece is in response to a recent update by Leslie Kean on the Chilean government’s UFO panel. Here’s the lead:

Would official science be more inclined to study UFOs if there were compelling evidence the phenomena impacted air-traffic safety? That issue was implicitly raised recently in Leslie Kean’s update on the Chilean government’s latest pronouncement on UFOs.

Good question.

In case you’re wondering, “UAP” is a relatively new replacement for “UFO” – it means  Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.