Trump outlines privatizing air traffic control

Supporters of privatizing air-traffic control system say the consumers will save money by paying lowers taxes that would have otherwise have gone to the FAA. The air travel "revolution", which will take American air travel "into the future", will help save billions and billions of dollars, he added.

Congress would need to pass pass legislation for this to actually happen; White House officials explained Monday that the President is only stating his goals of separating air traffic controls from the FAA, and was signing "a decision memo and letter transmitting legislative principles to Congress", according to the press pool.

The push to privatize the system comes as the airline industry and regulators have managed an extensive period of safety in the skies.

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Trump said during a White House announcement Monday that the current system is "stuck painfully in the past". Trump's budget plan released earlier this year called for the changes, placing air traffic operations under an "independent, non-governmental organization". He also called the system "ancient, broken, antiquated" and "horrible" and said his reforms would make it safer and more reliable. If Congress approves the privatization plan, it is expected that the transition will take up to three years to complete, and 30,000 FAA employees will lose their jobs in the process.

In addition to fears that the system would drive up the cost of air travel, Democrats argue that the change is both unnecessary and the advanced technologies may be too much for carriers to handle, especially in light of computer glitches experienced by major US airlines.

Trump is largely throwing his support behind Rep. Bill Shuster's (R-PA) air traffic control reform proposal. This time, he wants to hand over one of the largest and safest air traffic control systems in the world to the private sector. "You still, at the end of the day, have a system that works quite well and it accommodates all of the users". As a result, the FAA has had difficulty making long-term commitments with contractors. He would also transfer responsibility for a $36 billion air traffic modernization program at the FAA to a new private entity. So far, Trump has only sent a plan to Congress, so the debate between the two sides will begin soon.

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"There does not appear to be conclusive evidence that any of these models is either superior or inferior to others or to existing government-run air traffic services, including FAA, with respect to productivity, cost effectiveness, service quality, and safety and security", the report said.

Democrats have also pointed to the unprecedented safety under the current system and noted repeated computer system failures in recent years by USA airlines, questioning whether they are ready to handle complex technology modernizations.

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