Edward J Markey

Trump calls again for privatizing air traffic control

Trump calls again for privatizing air traffic control

Saying the current air traffic control system is broken, President Trump called for a plan to put the system into the hands of a private, nonprofit organization that can modernize and improve air travel.

“We live in a modern age, yet our air traffic control system is stuck painfully in the past,” he said at a news conference Monday attended by airline executives and administration officials.

Under the concept outlined by supporters, the Federal Aviation Administration would turn control of the system over to a panel that would include representatives from airlines, pilot and flight attendants unions and local leaders. Fees from airlines and passengers would fund staffing,...

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