We’ll take it
Media reports this week note that the Obama administration plans to earmark at least $5 billion of stimulus funding to upgrade airports and other aviation investments. Hopefully this translates into some money and political momentum behind the FAA’s initiative to upgrade the air-traffic control system.
Yes, the airline industry may be yet another “special interest” seeking its piece of the stimulus pie, but an investment in a next-generation ATC system serves the national interest. The long-overdue upgrade will allow airlines to fly more efficient routes, improve dependability and reduce congestion in the skies. That’s a direct boost to productivity and improved customer service. Everyone gains.
Maybe that’s the “passenger bill of rights” Capitol Hill should be considering.