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


July 6, 2016

Congress puts consumers ahead of special interests in bipartisan deal that slams the door on privatization of Air Traffic Control

Washington, DC – Today, Americans Against Air Traffic Privatization President Brad Bauman praised the deal reached between Congressional transportation leaders to reauthorize the FAA through September of 2017:

“Today, members of the Senate Commerce and House Transportation & Infrastructure Committees demonstrated that Congress still works for the American people. In slamming the door on Chairman Shuster’s special interest driven privatization proposal, bipartisan lawmakers have sent a clear message that Congress can’t be bought by the airline industry. This deal not only protects consumers and workers from the negative consequences of privatization like increased fees and limited rural access, it goes a step further to include important safety measures and protections for American families. New regulations to keep families together when they travel and help their pocketbooks by implementing automatic refunds of baggage fees are the type of common sense reforms that Congress should be focusing on instead of misguided policies like privatization.”

“As today shows, continued government oversight of our aviation system is vital to protecting everyday Americans over corporate interests. While this deal is a major step forward, in the next 15 months Chairman Shuster should table his privatization plan and instead look to ways to modernize our nation’s Air Traffic Control system that are not solely in the interests of the airlines.”

“We urge House and Senate leaders to take this deal to the floor and ensure swift passage before the Congressional recess.”