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Flying Coach Is So Cramped It Could Be a Death Trap

A judge calls it a ‘life-and-death safety concern.’ A government document shows there may not be enough room to brace for impact. Inside the potential dangers.

7 changes airlines are making that make flying worse

Why are airlines so bad? Cramped seats, additional fees, and oversold flights are just a few things that make flying miserable.

Captain Sully calmly shoots down Trump's plan to privatize air traffic control

The "Hero on the Hudson" Sully Sullenberger argues that Trump's privatization plan would put profit concerns over an attention to safety: "I can guarantee you the four largest airlines don't always have the interests of the traveling public in mind." 

House Republicans work to torpedo Trump’s air traffic control plan

Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK), who has a military background, said he maintains serious national security concerns about putting a nongovernmental agency in charge of air traffic control and removing it from congressional oversight. “There are a few things that you would never let go: national...

The case against privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system

Opponents have raised serious concerns about whether privatization would guarantee safety, protect national security, expedite new technology and keep our aviation system solvent. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued several reports that validate these concerns.

In the battle over who controls U.S. airspace, it’s big lobbyists vs. small airports

Big airlines spent more than $16 million to lobby Congress and federal agencies last year. The airlines are eager to change the system because they’ll have more control over the nation’s airspace.

Trump’s corporate infrastructure giveaway begins with air traffic control

If President Trump's air traffic control announcement is any indication of where the rest of his infrastructure plan is headed, it will be a massive giveaway to corporations and a departure from past infrastructure programs.

Flyers Rights Releases Testimony from Passengers Involved in Recent Airline Incidents

Notably absent from the air traffic control privatization discussion are any passenger representatives. These passengers, who would be impacted by the proposed changes and have invested into the existing system through taxes and fees, deserve to have input into these decisions.

Reform the air-traffic-control system, but don’t privatize it

Last year, the GAO found that a privatized air-traffic-control system would be “too big to fail,” meaning taxpayers might have to bail out the corporation if it couldn’t pay the costs to operate a safe system.

On air traffic control, don’t let airlines dupe passengers

Trump's plan to privatize would shift billions in new fees onto passengers

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