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Like a 'stab in your brain' -- Complaints from Bay Area residents in noisy flight path spike 2,706%

Like a 'stab in your brain' -- Complaints from Bay Area residents in noisy flight path spike 2,706%

The rumble of jets overhead every five minutes means Rachel Kellerman has a hard time working from her Palo Alto home.

“It’s this big spike all of a sudden,” she said. “Over and over again, it’s like a stab in your brain.” 

Hundreds of flights pass over Kellerman’s home each day through routes designed by a state-of-the-art air traffic control system being implemented nationwide by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The result — complaints about noise from residents in the flight path have spiked 2,706% in one year.

Kellerman is one of thousands of Peninsula residents concerned about the noise,...

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