President Donald Trump just announced plans to privatize the the air traffic control system today, separating it legally from the FAA and making it a separate corporation.
ABC News has some analysis, indicating a concern that it will leave a few large airlines in control of what airports have service, eliminating smaller cities, and even higher fares with less federal funding. Trump argues that the taxes on tickets will be lower.
There is some concern over the dichotomy of the idea that TSA took over private screeners after 9/11. (I even applied for a screener job twice.)
There is also a memory of Reagan’s firing air traffic controllers for striking in 1982. I remember that well, living in Dallas and using Love Field and Southwest Airlines a lot at the time.
CNN’s story is here.
The FAA has been way behind the private tech industry in upgrading its hardware and software systems, using military-based systems from the past when I was growing up.