President Trump announced plans Monday to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system, contending that it is an ideal approach to modernizing the framework.
“We live in a modern age, but our air traffic control system is stuck, painfully, in the past,” he said at a White House event attended by current and former transportation department officials. “Americans can look forward to cheaper, faster and safer travel.”
He contended that moving the framework to a private non-benefit organization will help accelerate the move from utilizing land-based radar to utilizing more exact GPS devices. Trump and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the change would likewise decrease expenses and fuel utilization for aircraft.
“The current system can not keep up and hasn’t been able to keep up for many years,” Trump said. “At a time when every passenger has GPS technology in their pockets, our air traffic control system still runs on radar and ground-based radio systems that they don’t even make anymore. Many controllers must use slips of paper to track our thousands and thousands of flights.”
The FAA has been moving towards a GPS framework for various years. However, it’s not scheduled to be fully implemented until at least 2020.
Privatization has long had solid support among the country’s carriers, and Republicans have upheld for it for a considerable length of time. Furthermore, it’s not quite recently the far right that backs the move. Truth be told, Canada, which normally has a more liberal government, privatized its own particular air traffic control system in 1996. Other countries including Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and Switzerland have followed suit.
In any case, at a congressional hearing recently, Democratic officials pointed to customer service horror stories at the nation’s privately-held airlines, for example, the traveler that was dragged off a United Airlines flight and huge PC issues that grounded a large number of flights. They contend these issues are verification that private business ought not to be trusted to make the wisest decision for passengers.
The airport regulation declaration Monday is the begin of an “infrastructure week” arranged by the Trump administration. Trump has repeatedly promised to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure to improve airports, highways and other forms public works, though details of those plans have yet to be revealed.