Fear of Flying: FAA Acts to Calm the Jitters

FAA acts to calm the jitters

As the nation's airports continued to operate last week without the help of some 12,000 striking air-traffic controllers, the debate heated up between the Reagan Administration and the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization over whether air travel is still safe. Asserting that there had been "a dramatic increase in the number of system errors and near midair collisions" since the Aug. 3 walkout, PATCO released a report detailing more than two dozen in-flight incidents and claimed there have been more than 150. But the Federal Aviation Administration said there were only eleven "near misses," compared with...

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