The Skies Grow Friendlier

Reagan holds firm, and the air-control system regroups

For two hectic days Canadian air-traffic controllers refused last week to handle flights across the North Atlantic between the U.S. and Europe, violating international air-safety agreements and creating chaos at passenger terminals in New York, Boston, London and Rome.

Portuguese controllers promised a similar boycott this week. But after that flurry of disruption, the U.S. Government faced the long-range task of ensuring safe air travel without the help of some 12,000 fired members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, who left their jobs on Aug....

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