Sunday, February 14, 2016

Congress wants to privatize US air traffic control, but what does it mean for flyers?

As part of the reauthorization for the FAA, Congressional Republicans are proposing a big change to the way America's air traffic control system works. Currently, a federal agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, oversees the air traffic control (ATC) of the nation — but HR 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act of 2016 has a provision that would spin off the air traffic control system into a separate, private, non-profit entity.

That's not as crazy as it sounds. Many countries have done something similar, including Canada and the United Kingdom.

The benefits, say House members who sponsored it, include removing ATC from the governmental budget process — instead, the country's control towers would be...

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