air traffic controllers
President Barack Obama says the congressional fix for widespread flight delays is an irresponsible way to govern, but he’s prepared to sign the legislation that lawmakers fast-tracked.
Congress has easily approved legislation ending furloughs of air traffic controllers that have delayed hundreds of flights daily.
Commercial airline flights moved smoothly throughout most of the country on Sunday, the first day air traffic controllers were subject to furloughs resulting from government spending cuts, though some delays appeared in the late evening in and around New York.
The planned shutdown of nearly 240 air traffic control towers across the country under federal budget cuts will strip away an extra layer of safety during takeoffs and landings, leaving pilots to manage the most critical stages of flight on their own.
The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation into an air traffic controller mishap that nearly ended in a flaming tragedy.