opinion John Halinski Published 10:47 PM EST Feb 6, 2019 Our U.S. Air Traffic Control air traffic control system is one of the most critical parts of our infrastructure, and undeniably the largest and most complex system in the world. Our system moves millions of passengers, tons of cargo and connects thousands of communities on a daily basis, requiring a level of safety, security and oversight that can only be assured and maintained through governmental oversight. That is why it defies reason why many are still calling for privatization of this system, brushing aside the many serious security concerns that would need to be acknowledged before we could ever even consider such a massive and consequential transformation. With more than 2.2 million people flying daily in the U.S., security, oversight and reliability have never been more important. Any kind of disruption to the meticulous day-to-day operations involved with air traffic control (ATC) and its critical national infrastructure will cause immediate economic and psychological impact. While the proposal put forth in Congress would run air traffic control through a not-for-profit entity, it would be responsible for maintaining all aspects of the ATC system including security. The “private sector” has a bottom line,… Read full this story
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