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Forum Post: US Air Traffic System Near 'Yellow' Warning

Posted 10 years ago on Oct. 11, 2013, 2:29 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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The US air traffic control system is close to hitting a "yellow" alert level as people who keep radar and other equipment running remain out on furloughs due to the government shutdown, the head of the controllers union said.

Passengers would face lengthy delays if a radar unit or other equipment broke down at a major US airport because no one is on duty to fix it, Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), told Reuters news agency.

The system's safety has not deteriorated, Rinaldi said. But "we're getting to yellow" in facing a major disruption from equipment failure that could affect thousands of flights, particularly if there was bad weather. Yellow indicates caution and is not based on a risk scale used by aviation regulators.

"The impact will come as we continue to run this system without our full team out there," he said. "We're not doing maintenance on radar equipment" or communication equipment.

"As that breaks down, that will limit the amount of airplanes we put in certain areas," he said.

Rinaldi's statements on the 10th day of the government shutdown coincided with a rally in Washington, DC, by aviation groups raising concern about the Federal Aviation Administration's continuing furloughs of "non-critical" staff.




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[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

Planes falling out of the sky worked for Reagan, when it came to union busting.

I guess they want to know if they can still get some mileage out of it.

Death and destruction, be damned!!

I'm so sick of the libe(R)topian Reagan/Bush doctrine, I could scream.

Most won't even accept what it is or that it still exists, not because of Obama, but because of how fully it has become ingrained in the system.


[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago

They accept it but as usual they have no idea of what to do with it. When it all comes down, you realize that they are nothing more than bobbleheads.

Listen to their solutions. Oh, that's right......they don't have any. And notice, not a damn peep about Somalia.

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

Perhaps they could restart the soap opera of the banned?

That always worked for issue avoidance.

A return to "end the FED"?

Their best thing, is still ignoring their own backyard.

The (R)epelican't shutdown is hurting people all over the Nation, in ways expected and unexpected.

All for the sake of libe(R)topia.

Did you see this?


Some of our neighborhood trolls, really do get paid.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago

No, they played that one out already. At this point, they would look dumb as hell. This is especially true when you look at the posts of the past week.

There are several articles regarding the neighborhood trolls and payment for their idiocy. But, I haven't seen the one on Electablog.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

Maybe it's just me, but I thought they always did look "dumb as hell"........LOL.

I thought that was their point.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago

In part, then they decided to make an attempt to look legit and then that unraveled.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

When did they look legit??

When they gang attacked VQ?

When they voted DK into obscurity, knowing it would aggravate his medical condition?

Those assholes are evil.

A few have come back, and they better be watching their Ps and Qs.

They will get little mercy from me.



[-] 1 points by DVader (5) from Lykens, PA 10 years ago

An amazing post for so many reasons

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

Name a couple.

[-] 1 points by DVader (5) from Lykens, PA 10 years ago

I'm afraid to. I'll probably just ruin it. It's the Sgt Pepper's of posts. Let me just bask in it for a while longer, then maybe.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago


Yes. Of course you are.

Would you also be relatively issue free and unable to explain yourself?

Who's Sgt. Pepper and what has he to do with anything at all?


[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago

Well, with the

sob Bu...Bu...those were my friends

Bu.....free speech*


[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

Who said "free speech" was free?

Certainly not our right wing SCOTUS, where money is free speech.

I wish we could get paid for putting up with their BS.