Privatizing air traffic controllers will fundamentally destablize air travel in the United States.

The Dec. 20 opinion piece, Don’t gamble with air safety, offered a dubious rationale for why the United Kingdom’s privatized air traffic control (ATC) system ought to serve as a model for the United States.

First, a seminal moment in the UK system’s history came when the supposedly “stable and predictable funding stream” that would be generated by its user fees proved to be so volatile that it needed a massive bailout from the government and taxpayers.

In the years since the bailout, a report published by the UK’s own Airports Commission states that the system is “showing unambiguous signs of strain,” producing “more delays, higher fares and reduced connectivity” at London’s airports. It has also affected other areas of the UK, impacting the growth of local economies.

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