Schumer: Trump’s plan for air traffic control system could mean higher costs for flyers

Sen. Schumer

ALBANY, N.Y (WIVB) — Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer says President Donald Trump’s plan to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system could mean higher costs for flyers.

Last week, President Trump made the announcement, saying airports around the country are “stuck in the ancient times.”

On Sunday, Sen. Schumer said this plan would give airlines too much control over costs.

Schumer also said that during any national security emergency, privatization could hurt communication between air traffic control controllers and the Department of Defense.

President Trump says air traffic control operations should be separated from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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