Air traffic control in the United States could be on the doorstep of a serious transformation, one that’s getting support from both airlines and labor unions.
What’s the new plan? Essentially, responsibility for air traffic control could be shifted from the Federal Aviation Authority to a non-profit entity, reports The Wall Street Journal. Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is currently working on drafting legislation that would do just that. Democrats on the committee also want a change, but currently favor creating an independent government body.
The problems with the current system aren’t related to safety, but to efficiency and cost. The belief is that a new system would cost less and result in fewer cancelled flights.
From the Journal:
Details of the proposal aren’t available yet.